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DESIGNING & BUILDING PERTH LIFESTYLES


THE COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA Rooted in the history of motor sport and watchmaking, the legendary chronograph that was born to race. It doesn’t just tell time. It tells history.

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CONTENTS MARQUE | THE AUTO CLASSIC MAGAZINE | WINTER 2017 EDITION

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s winter mornings make it harder to get up in the morning, why not stay in bed a little longer with the new issue of Marque Magazine? There's plenty to keep you warm under the doona, with stories from around the globe - and in this case, a story about globes. Did you know that the world of collectable globes is a very exclusive one, with choice examples selling for thousands of dollars? Read on to discover more. Planning on investing in a new watch? Norman Burns selects some stunning examples in Watchwatch while if shoes are more your thing, head over to the Museum of WA to discover the eclectic history of the sneaker. You'll love finding out too about 100 years of BMW classics, and another centenary - 100 years of the WA Camera Club. As for the ever-developing world of BMW and MINI, I invite you to read our review of the all new MINI Countryman and a preview of our cover star, the incredible BMW M4. We've held some wonderful occasions recently too - check out if you were snapped at our 5 Series launch, golf day or MINI Countryman event? Our clients are our greatest ambassadors, and perhaps nobody more so than architect Barry Baltinas - he shares his love of BMWs in this issue too. There's plenty to whet your appetite too, with our stories about the 850-seat Ku de Ta in the city, innovative creators of delicious spirits, and the arrival of a Belgian chocolate slice of heaven Guylian Chocolate Café. I hope to see you soon at Auto Classic happy reading.

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Launches, parties and golfing days

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Making connections count

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20 52 38 MQ TRAVEL Explore bonny Scotland  42 MQ GIFT GUIDE Cool motorbike gear  44 MQ RnR Biking around Tassie  48 MQ SPORT Horse racing in far-flung  places

68 MQ GENIUS iPerformance explained  69 MQ CLUB Join the friendly BMW Club WA  70 MQ HOME ENTERTAINMENT Invest in serious hi-fi  72

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52 BMW COVER STORY The incredible M4 

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laddin the musical is moving our way, sweeping Perth up on its magic carpet ride. Naturally it will be a re-enactment of the much-loved Disney classic, with all of our favourite characters including Genie (Michael James Scott), Aladdin (Ainsley Melham), Jasmine (Hiba Elchikhe), Jafar (Aljin Abella) and more. However, Aladdin in theatre is even more fun than in film - The Australian production boasts a cast of 34 and 337 glittering costumes, which feature 1,225 different fabrics, 712 different styles of beads and almost 500,000 Swarovski crystals used in the costumes alone. They clearly intend to dazzle crowds… With beautiful costumes comes a spectacular set to match. Picture exotic

flying scenery, cleverly automated props, colourful marketplaces and the lush palace of Sultan – enough to transport you right into the fantasy city of Agrabah. To set the mood, the new production is complete with a full score, including five iconic songs from the film and more written especially for the stage. Aladdin’s journey in an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance comes to life as a true spectacle in theatre. It’s popularity and critical acclaim means that a waitlist is now open for those wishing to be first in line for tickets when they go on pre-sale in November for Perth.  Aladdin, coming to Perth 2018. To book or register visit aladdinthemusical.com.au.

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You don’t really need a reason to want to attend Variety of Chefs six-course spread accompanied by a selection of wines to match, held at The Crown Towers Ballroom; but when the proceeds are going to the sick, disadvantaged and special needs kids of WA, it’s a no-brainer. Colin Fassnidge returns as the headline chef for the 2017 event and he will be accompanied by another six award-winning chefs, including Stephen Clarke, Sean Marco, Naomi Bulner, Pete Manifis and Karmen Lu and Amanda Yong. Known for his nose to tail cooking philosophy, Colin’s secret ingredient is planning well and “having a bit of love for the food”. You’ll have the opportunity to find out exactly how his secret ingredient fairs against the other talented chefs as the six-course degustation will feature a course from each. Just to get you in the mood for the dishes to come, in case you weren’t excited enough, guests will be provided with predinner drinks and oysters from Perth’s acclaimed ‘oyster shucker to the stars’ Andy Grljusich and will be hosted by Tim Gossage and Channel 9’s Rebecca Johns. Oh – and I better not forget to mention the fine wine and Thermomix cocktail bar too. Variety of Chefs, Crown Towers Ballroom, July 21. To secure your table visit varietyofchefs.com.au

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erth and winter aren’t two concepts that typically spark excitement when put together, but the City of Perth’s Winter Arts Season is rapidly changing minds on that matter. Think mulled wine, roasted chestnuts and art appreciation - this is what was experienced at the City of Perth’s launch for the Winter Arts Season and there’ll be plenty more of that to come across the next three months. It seems that the season will include an expansive array of engaging art experiences, with 16

commissioned artworks and over 150 art events to be spotted across the city. This will include theatre, music, film, public art, comedy, family, dance, cabaret, visual art, street art, literature and interactive events – so there’s a lot going on to bring Perth to life over the cooler months. Throughout the CBD, these artworks and performances will take place in vacant shopfronts, public spaces, shopping arcades and laneways. And of course the Winter Arts organisers haven’t forgotten about food either. We all tend to get a little hungrier when it’s chilly outside, so luckily there’ll be around 60 warming food and beverage offers from over 30 hospitality venues popping up to satisfy any winter cravings.  The Winter Arts Season, Perth City, until August. For more info visit visitperthcity.com/winter-arts

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or all the musos out there looking for their next live show, we think we’ve found a good one. RocKwiz is about to hit the road this year for a national tour. It’s not any amateur rendition either; all of the legendary crew will be there, including Julia Zemiro, Brian, Dugald and the RocKwiz OrKestra. The cool, classic and quirky variety of guest artists, Julia’s comedy and charisma and the iconic segments have made RocKwiz an iconic music trivia show across Australia. The live performance promises to deliver all that makes the show what we know and love. Expect to experience: Who Can It Be Now, Million Dollar Riff, The Furious Five, Contestant Karaoke and Brian coaxing members of the audience to get up and take part. Julia and the gang are rarely short of hilarious and we predict nothing less for the upcoming tour.  RocKwiz Live! TWENTYSEVENTEEN, His Majesty’s Theatre, July 28 to 29. To purchase tickets visit ptta.wa.gov.au/hismajestys-theatre

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HILARIOUSLY MYSTIC Rhys Darby humour fairs very well on Australian shores; so it’s a good thing that he’s returning for a national tour with a brand new show titled Mystic Time Bird. Rhys became big after starring as Murray in the TV show Flight of the Conchords and it seems he hasn’t lost momentum since (note: if you’re a fan of quirky Kiwi humour and haven’t seen Flight of the Conchords – watch it). Rhys is as witty and ever; his shows being a mix of astute observations and stand-up moulded into some kind of fantastical story to tip things over the edge. Mystic Time Bird promises the same recipe – the show has Rhys turn to a world of ancient mysticism (an easy means for silly happenings to occur) to find answers to the world’s problems. Funnily enough, he discovers that he was a bird in a past life and the knowledge he gains from this leads him down an unexpected path. Some big questions are about to be addressed too (though we’re not quite sure yet how seriously they’ll be taken). Think along the lines of, “are we truly free in this day and age or is alien technology guiding us to an even greater cage?”, lightened up with weird movement, interesting sounds effects, and Rhys’s eccentric take.  Rhys Darby Mystic Time Bird, Astor Theatre, August 25. For more info visit rhysdarby.com

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oon enough you’ll have the chance to see a spectacle of colours rolling down into the heart of the Avon Valley when the National Ballooning Championships take place – it will be an impressive sight to behold. Northam Aero Club, who staged the event in 2015, won the rights to host again for this year, which means they’ll be banding pilots together from across Australia and around the world to descend on the town of Northam across the five-day event. Thirty balloons will be floating over the hills and through the valleys on competition days, so keep a keen eye out at dawn and then again in the afternoon if you

want to catch them. Or, if you’re not a morning bird, the Balloon Glow will take place at night for another pretty sight when all the balloons will fire up on the ground for a special display. Finally, just because we all want to find out who the best balloonist is, the event will finish off with a ‘key grab’ comp. Basically the pilots need to be as speedy as possible, testing their keen skills at varying winds and altitudes, to race from point to point to collect foam ‘keys’ from the end of poles placed around the grounds.  National Ballooning Championships, Northam WA, September 2 to 9. For more info visit northamnationals.com

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reat Australian yarns are often darn good entertainment; combine this with the scenic Kimberley Region and the Kimberley Writers Festival has something pretty special going on. Hosted in Kununurra, Australia’s North West, the Kimberley Writers Festival program will be packed with interesting things to sink your teeth into. There’ll be readings, lunches, music, comedy, and the annual Ord Rive Cruise brunch – plus iconic Kimberley experiences, including a performance in the breathtaking Mirima National Park. Staying true to form, this year’s

Kimberley Writer’s Festival will feature plenty of impressive aussie talent. For those of you who have read Fleur McDonald’s debut novel Red Dust, you’ll probably be excited to know she’s only recently released a second novel The Missing Pieces of Us – oh and that she’s on the list. Indigenous performer, filmmaker and writer Karla Hart, Victorian poet and novelist Lia Hills, and Melbourne author and comedian Ben Pobjie are just a few others that’ll be visiting Kimberley Writers Festival for 2017.  Visit proximitywa.org/festivals/kununura

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t's hard to imagine the world of photography without Nikon, the Japanese brand which, like the WA Camera Club (see story pages 3233), celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. There was no "Mr Nikon" - the name is an amalgamation of Nippon Kogaku (Japan Optical) with the word Ikon, a brand of German lens manufacturer Zeiss - and initially the company was set up in July 1917 to produce precision instruments such as microscopes, surveying equipment and optical measuring devices for industry and science. The Nikon 1 was launched in March 1948, and in the decades since Nikon has established itself as one of the world's leading camera brands for amateurs and

professionals alike, forging many technological innovations along the way. The Nikon F (1959) was a revolutionary single-lens reflex camera that became standard kit for pro photographers - capturing momentous events of the time, from the Vietnam War to space launches. Nikon's landmark D1, launched in 1999, was regarded as the first commercially practical digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera; the D1 paved the way for digital photography in newspapers, and eventually the digital camera revolution for the guy in the street. Nikon is releasing a range of groovy products to mark its centenary, including engraved D5 and D500 models, 100th anniversary lenses, binoculars and a miniature model of the legendary Nikon F and my favourite - a Swarovski crystal recreation of that seminal Nikon 1. For more information, visit nikon.com.au

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SWISS SHOWTIME Each March, the quaint northern Swiss city of Basel hosts the Baselworld Watch and Jewellery show.

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or the watch trade, Baselworld blends the razzmatazz of Hollywood with pragmatic deal-making; for the tens of thousands of members of the public who flock there it is a fascinating insight into the glitz and glamour of the watchmaking world. For the watch industry media (several thousand strong) it is an invaluable preview of the year’s new releases, and a chance to gauge current - and future - trends in a business that has been going strong in Switzerland for more than two centuries. Here are five of the hottest new models out of Baselworld 2017.

BREITLING FOR WATCHES OF SWITZERLAND 20TH ANNIVERSARY AVENGER HURRICANE Aviation watch specialist Breitling has some seriously cool models in its line-up but takes things to another level entirely with this ultra-limited edition piece (just 20 worldwide) to mark the 20th anniversary of of the founding, in 1997 in Perth by Eric van der Griend, of leading Australian watch retailer Watches of Switzerland. This is a big, bold watch (50mm on the wrist), constructed from a patented material Breitling has dubbed Breitlight - 3.3 times lighter than titanium, 5.8 times lighter than steel, yet significantly

harder than either. The ultra-black dial and fiery orange ‘aviation-style’ numerals make a striking combination, while under the hood beats an automatic Manufacture Breitling Calibre 01 chronometer movement (functions include 30-minute and 12-hour totalisers and 1/4th of a second chronograph) that meets the exacting standards set by Switzerland’s Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), the institute responsible for certifying accuracy and precision in Swiss wristwatches. COSC’s brainiacs subject the (unhoused) movement to a multitude of exhaustive tests before issuing their certificates. Water-resistant to 100m, and packing a 70-hour power reserve, the 20th Anniversary Avenger Hurricane’s case back is engraved with its limited edition number and the Watches of Switzerland logo and is complemented by a high-tech anthracite Military strap. Visit watchswiss.com or call 1300 808 135

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ROLEX OYSTER PERPETUAL ROLESOR SKY-DWELLER Rolex delivers another brilliantly executed timepiece with the Rolesor SkyDweller, a watch aimed at the global traveller which presents dual time zones in a unique way. Local time is read via centre hands, while a reference time (24-hour format) is displayed on a rotating off-centre disc on the dial. The Rolex 9001 automatic chronometer movement is certified by Rolex as a “Superlative Chronometer”, which means it has passed a series of tests on waterproofness, accuracy and every facet of its functionality (and comes with an international five-year guarantee). Rolex stands by its Oyster cased watches as being waterproof, and the 42mm Rolesor Sky-Dweller is rated to 100m. The watch comes in two “Rolesor” variants (Rolesor is the name for the combination of steel and gold on its watches the brand registered in 1933), one with 18-carat white gold, the other 18-carat yellow gold. Some very clever mechanics (the watch has no fewer than 11 patents) allows the user to set functionality (world time, annual calendar) via a simple combination of the crown and ring command bezel. Visit watchswiss.com or call 1300 808 135

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TAG HEUER CONNECTED MODULAR 45 HUBLOT BIG BANG MECA-10 FULL MAGIC GOLD Anyone who has an old, gold watch or piece of jewellery knows you have to be very careful not to ding the case on anything solid; the very thing that makes gold so versatile for jewellers and watchmakers - its malleability - is also its Achilles heel, because it is a ‘soft’ metal. Luxury Swiss brand Hublot, famed for its Big Bang series of watches, knew this too but five years ago, after intensive research, launched its own version of gold it calls Magic Gold, a super-hardened 18-carat gold fused with ceramic. The result is a material that still has the exotic lustre of regular gold but is virtually scratch-resistant, a handy quality to have in a watch case. Hublot has a raft of Big Bang models but shows its playful side with the Meca-10 Full Magic Gold (limited to 200 pieces worldwide), with the case design inspired by legendary children’s toy Meccano. At 45mm, the Big Bang is robust on the wrist and the Magic Gold case houses a Hublot HUB1201 manually wound movement that has been ‘skeletonised’ - that is, carefully cut away so the wearer can see the mechanical goings-on inside. With a 10-day power reserve, and a quirky eyecatching design, the Meca-10 Full Magic Gold (water-resistant to 100m) is a prime example of modern, innovative watchmaking. Visit watchswiss.com or call 1300 808 135

IN THE SOHNE I’m sure one day there’ll be a movie made about A.Lange & Sohne, German luxury watchmakers whose roots go back two centuries but which all but disappeared with the end of World War II when the victorious

Mechanical watches have, in one form or another, been around for at least 200 years - a quite remarkable achievement given the march of technology over that time. The arrival of quartz-powered timepieces in the early 1970s nearly bought Swiss watchmaking to its knees but since the 1980s mechanical watches have seen a world-wide revival. The dawn of the digital age, though, has presented quite a dilemma for watchmakers. Digital watches, phones and other devices are cheaper to make, run and buy but few, if any, have the charm or human touch of a “real” watch. Apple stirred things up even more with a blitzkrieg marketing offensive for its own Apple Watch but few other manufacturers have dipped their corporate toes in the digital waters. TAG Heuer, a brand entwined with the DNA of sports timing and avant-garde technology, launched a “connected” watch a couple of years ago but with the Modular 45 has embraced the concept of a fully customisable “hybrid” timepiece. Modular 45 can carry a digital, touchscreen watch head - or you can slot in a fully automatic, mechanical movement. The watch runs the Google Android 2.0 operating system (it will also work with iPhone 5) and you don’t have to have your phone on you to use features such as the GPS. Pretty much everything - strap and lugs included - can be customised by the wearer. With the electronic watch “head” you can change the display (which includes some classic ‘traditional’ watch dial designs) with just a swipe of the finger. But the real beauty, in my mind, of the idea is you can slot in a “timeless” mechanical movement - which means the watch will never go out of style, even if the software needs an upgrade. Visit watchswiss.com or call 1300 808 135

TUDOR BLACK BAY CHRONOGRAPH Tudor continues to carve its own path - and following - in the watch world, offering perhaps a more modern outlook on time-telling, yet implementing the same exacting production standards and quality control of its better-known relation. The new Black Bay Chronograph (41mm, steel case with polished satin finish) is a case in mind, a stylish, contemporary and function-packed sports watch that is the first chronograph in the Heritage Black Bay range. The Calibre MT5813 chronometer movement has been COSC-certified. Tudor, unlike most rivals, state straight up their watches are “waterproof” and the Black Bay Chronograph will tick on nicely at depths of up to 200m. The bezel is engraved with a tachymetric scale to calculate speed over distance and the watch comes with a choice of either steel or fabric strap. Visit watchswiss.com or call 1300 808 135

Soviet forces appropriated all of the east German-based A. Lange & Sohne’s stock, equipment and watchmaking expertise. It wasn’t until the Berlin Wall fell, in 1990, and Germany’s reunification that the great grandson of founder Ferdinand Lange, Walter, revived the brand - and with spectacular success. Twenty-seven years on A.Lange & Sohne produces some of the world’s most exquisite wristwatches, a remarkable achievement considering the firm had to virtually start again from scratch. The 1815 Annual Calendar is a prime

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example of A. Lange & Sohne’s exceptionally fine output; available in either a pink or white gold case, the 40mm watch features a classic dial with a superb array of ‘complications’ as extra functionality is known in the industry - a moon phase display, annual calendar with analogue date, plus day/month display. The in-house movement is manually wound, a nod to founder Ferdinand who in 1866 obtained a patent in the USA to develop a crown winder that would replace the standard keyoperated winding systems in watches of the day.

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SPHERE DELIGH T The world in your hands - that’s the joy of owning a beautiful globe and, as Norman Burns discovers, there’s one for everybody (and every price tag). Images courtesy REPLOGLE GLOBES, LANDER & MAY, OMNITERRUM, COLUMBUS

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here’s something special about a globe. Who can’t resist sending the world for a spin with the swipe of your hand? From high-tech modern models, to highly collectible vintage and antique artisan examples, globes are more than just an educational tool; they offer a tactile, emotional link to the planet - and your place on it. To paraphrase a line from the classic Monty Python film Life of Brian, what have the Ancient Greeks done for us? Well, for a start (thanks to fifth century BC Greek philosophers such as Ptolemy) they theorised that the Earth was a sphere. Ptolemy was also one of the first to figure out the concept of latitude and longitude - the “gridding” of

north/south and east/west lines that are the basis of modern maps. By projecting a two-dimensional map of the world onto a sphere, the globe was born, a unique way to show the world as it was known - or unknown - at the time. Ptolemy and company no doubt created their own globes but none from the ancient world are known to have survived. The oldest known terrestrial globe still intact today is one made in 1492 by merchant and philosopher Martin Behaim in Nurenburg, and now displayed in the German National Museum. His Erdapfel (literally Earth apple) was made of a papier mache ball reinforced with wooden rings. A map was drawn on parchment strips (or gores) which were then pasted onto the

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sphere to form the compete map. The Erdapfel’s highly stylised map depicted a large Eurasian landmass, mystical creatures (sea serpents and mermaids) but, not surprisingly, no indication of the North American continent, which Christopher Columbus had yet to discover. When Columbus arrived back in Spain with his momentous news it instantly made the Erdapfel obsolete; but demand for globes soared, and a new industry was born. Even in the 21st century, with all our digital wizardry, Google mapping, GPS positioning and the like, globes are still being made - in some cases by hand, using traditional techniques that have barely changed in hundreds of years. There’s a roaring trade, too,


in collectible globes; vintage and antique globes can fetch big prices while some artisans also specialise in restoring or recreating classic globes. On the flip side, there are digitally enhanced globes which can vary the display with the flick of a switch. The world’s biggest commercial globe maker is Replogle, a Chicagobased company started in 1930 by school supply salesman Luther Replogle. Luther’s dream was to take the globe “out of the classroom and into the home” and, by and large, he succeeded. Today, Replogle, which pioneered many globe making techniques, including that of making raised relief globes, has an astonishing range, from compact desk globes to its flagship model The Diplomat, an 81cm-diameter floor-standing antique replica with a hand-cut and applied map with more than 20,000 named places (and a price tag of around $US14,000). A clever Replogle innovation is its Intelliglobe for children. Using a wireless ‘pen’, kids can interactively explore countries and regions around the globe and even play a number of games. Germany’s Columbus has been in the hands of the Oestergaard family since its founding in 1909 and it, too, is at the forefront of globe production and technology, but also produces a big range of handcrafted globes. Columbus has been a leader in globe design and innovation, including a dual map globe (illuminating the globe reveals a different map) and an electromagnetic levitating globe. Its Magnum globes, up to 2m in diameter, are the world’s biggest and crammed with detail. Operating on a different scale altogether is British globe maker Chris Adams, from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, an artisan who concentrates on hand-made globes on the island south of Portsmouth, UK. “I have a mixed background, which has involved independent

travel, fishing, farming and fine art,” says Chris. “I grew up in a rural coastal community and so the sea and the land are both in my blood. My mixed bag of credentials may seem disparate disciplines, but globe making encompasses everything I am interested in and is a perfect outlet for my fine art skills.” Chris’s traditionally made globes, released under the name Lander & May, have been snapped up by private collectors, museums, and even film studios. “I try to keep my globes as

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IN A SPIN Clockwise from right: The impressive Diplomat, a floor-standing globe from US manufacturer Replogle; a 1930s Chicago Tribune photograph captured legendary Replogle cartographer Gustav Brueckmann working on the design for a lithographed metal globe; this exquisite replica of an 1881 globe is made by James Bissell-Thomas of Britain’s Greaves & Thomas.

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traditional as I can in this modern age. I make each and every one myself, by hand, starting with constructing a rigid papier maché sphere and then covering it in a thin layer of plaster for a robust, smooth finish - just as they were made hundreds of years ago. I really try and retain the authenticity and integrity of the pieces and prefer not to resort to plastic, resin or fibreglass. They are not ecological materials and they are not authentic materials that were used in the art of globe making. “The sphere is then covered with


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printed paper map gores, which are orange-segment shaped lozenges of paper, which fit perfectly around the ball to form the map. This is a tricky process, paper can rip, lines have to match up, it’s a slow art requiring a good eye and a measured hand. I put a lot of love into my globes and I hope that shows - they are all individual pieces.” Initially, Lander & May concentrated on historical reproductions but Chris says he quickly realised the potential of contemporary globes - classic and stylish pieces with up-to-date cartography.

“But I try and style in a traditional but fresh way - with muted colourings and a really stylish/ lively presentation. There are plenty of garish plastic globes out there I’m not competing with those. “As I produce the cartography inhouse and artwork from scratch I can also make changes to suit the needs of the client.” As for the appeal of a decidedly analogue product in this digital age. “Well, partly it’s the same as the appeal of art versus photography; but as well as that globes represent the romance of travel, they recall something within us of the MARQUE MARQUE WINTER WINTER 2017 2017

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excitement of a treasure map or a navigation chart - I guess they represent adventure,” says Chris. Lander & May’s globes range in price, but one very cool model Chris creates is a “personal journey” globe (it costs around $700 excluding shipping and handling charges) in which he can plot your own journey, or journeys, around the world. “We love these and they are really popular,” he says. “I can fit quite a lot of information onto a globe; I can be very flexible in how the information is presented, so for really well-travelled people lots of routes can be tracked and I can include captions containing further detail. The routes work best for clients who have travelled long haul around the globe on multiple journeys.” Chris has also just completed an imposing globe that’s been used for a major movie to be released next year. “I can’t mention it (the name of the film) yet, but if you go to the cinema next year and see a blockbuster film with a massive globe in it - I made that.” US-based globe collector and antique dealer Jake Moore has travelled the globe looking for, err, vintage and collectible globes and says it is a fascinating and rewarding hobby on many levels. “They are not only beautiful but very practical objects. They are the most accurate method we have to present our world without major distortions,” says Jake who runs the website Omniterrum which specialises in globes. “Older globes were all handmade and as machines took over the process the quality rapidly decreased. This means the current stock of quality vintage globes will only continue to shrink. Sought-after models will increasingly become difficult to source. Currently, there are only a handful of traditional globe makers left in the world.” Jake says, as a trained architect and avid traveller with a degree in history, he was drawn towards globes. “For me, a globe is the one object that can tie together all these interests. As an architect, I have a critical eye for design flaws and the elegant beauty of getting it just right. The historian loves studying a new purchase to determine the age of a globe. “It forces me to look back at how the borders have changed over the last 200 years or so. The traveller finds endless inspiration for new places to visit and a better understanding of where I’ve already been. “I bought my first globe at 16 from a local thrift shop; it was a pressed tin globe from the 1960s or 70s that was missing the base. It cost around 60 cents,” he says. The beauty, too, of globes is the incredible variety

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out there, from super-rare antique models that fetch tens of thousands of dollars to classic inter-war models, kitschy Space Age examples and more. “The aesthetics of the globe are a major draw,” says Jake. “Different makers in different regions in different eras ended up designing and producing a wide range of styles. Some people prefer the mid-century modern look of American globes, or the elaborate cartography of 19thcentury French globes, while others want the classical style globes from the earliest European makers.” It’s this diversity which makes naming a Holy Grail for collectors a tough question, although examples by Vincenzo Coronelli, who made globes for King Louis XIV, would be right up there. “Globes capture the imagination for different reasons,” says Jake. “They started out as scientific instruments and were used for

SHOWPIECE Top, a stunning Magnum floor globe from Germany's Columbus. Right, a worker carefully cuts the 'gores' that go to make up a map on a globe; above with Chris Adams' clever personalised globes, you can chart your own travels throughout the world.

navigation. Over time, they became a record of the age of exploration, chronicling new discoveries and a constantly changing political landscape. Globes are fascinating, simply because they are inherently packed with so much information. The fact that they are beautiful, hand-made works of art only adds to the appeal.” MQ MARQUE WINTER 2017

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THE WORLD AT YOUR FINGERTIPS Want to learn more about the fascinating world of globes? Globe makers around the world include Germany’s Columbus (columbus-verlag.de/en), the Isle of Wightbased Lander & May (landerandmay.com), USA’s Replogle (replogleglobes.com) and Britain’s Greaves & Thomas (globemakers.com). For vintage and collectible globes, visit omniterrum.com.

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Were you snapped at one of BMW Auto Classic's recent events?

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AUTO CLASSIC GOLF DAY We held our annual Golf Tournament on the 27th of April 2017 down at the beautiful meadow springs Country Club. We received over 100 applicants for the day each ranging from A grade Handi-caps as low as four through to B grades as low as 13, and ladies as low as 12. Every year the calibre of players increases providing event goers a real “amateur” PGA competition. To find out more, visit bmw-golfsport.com/en/ topics/turniere/bmw-golf-cup-international/series. html

BMW 5 SERIES LAUNCH On a beautiful day in March, Auto Classic BMW held an exclusive launch for The Perfectionist, the all-new BMW 5 Series. In an closed room private viewing and drive day of the all-new 5 series at Sandalford Winery, a select number of BMW customers were fortunate enough to experience first-hand

BMW’s machine of style and precision the all-new 5 series. Armed with inspiring and innovative technology and boasting the highest hallmarks of luxury, the all new BMW 5 series starts from $107,947. For information please contact Auto Classic BMW on 08 9311 7533 or visit.autoclassic.com.au

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MINI COUNTRYMAN LAUNCH Guests recently got up close and personal with the adventurous new MINI Countryman at an exclusive private unveiling held at the beautiful City Beach Perth Life Saving Club. Equally at home on the busy urban streets of Perth or sweeping country roads, it makes any drive an adventure and with the new MINI Countryman, you’ll be sure to add many more. From the moment you step in you’ll discover iconic MINI design, masterful craftsmanship and cutting edge technology. Starting from $54,508. For information visit autoclassic.minigarage.com.au..

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FANCY FOOTWORK

The impossibly glamorous girls from Paris who star in Crazy Horse cabaret show are set to light up Perth in a show dubbed ‘naked couture’. Anna Hartley reports.

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he curtain lifts to reveal a small stage, and three large, slowly spinning chrome wheels. Something - or someone - moves, and I blink, trying to let my eyes adjust. Two women are balanced inside each wheel, their backs deeply arched, pointed toes propping them up. As one, they begin to move in time to the retro music - fluid,

and languid, like a slowly turning kaleidoscope. Powerful lights beam from behind me in the back of the dark room, painting shapes on the blank canvas of their naked bodies. They spin and flip with the surges of the music. Psychedelic patterns spin lazily, synchronised to their movements. I am entranced. The Crazy Horse is not your

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average cabaret show. I’m in a small plush theatre on a major leafy avenue that crosses the Champs-Élysées in Paris. We are in the so-called Golden Triangle of Parisian luxury and commerce, an area, as a resident of the city generally never visit. As beautiful, petite and doll-like Crazy Horse dancer Mika Do tells me in a pre-show tête-à-tête, “on est loin de Pigalle”. We are indeed far from Pigalle, where neon lights flash on the roofs of multi-story sex shops and sequin-flashing, high-kicking Amazons dance on the stage of the famed Moulin Rouge. Even at first glance, the Crazy Horse is a different affair altogether. As we enter, I am struck by the intimate size of the theatre. Instead of rows and rows of seats in a huge hall, the room is small, dark and cosy, seating for 250, max. We are guided to plush booth seats and almost immediately a waiter appears to serve us champagne. As the crowd chats in hushed voices, George, a brylcreemhaired, pencil-moustached crooner in a lounge suit straight from the 1950s, sashays his way around the room. Soon, the lights dim and the stage explodes with sound and girls as the much-anticipated dancers make their first appearance. Bare chested, and wearing suspenders, kneehigh boots and furry hats, they march up and down in the style of sexy Buckingham Palace guards. The number is kitsch, fun and cheeky, but to be honest, I am not moved. As the song comes to an end, I find myself wondering what a striptease cabaret founded in 1951, really has to offer AUTOCLASSIC.COM.AU


today. In this age, the naked female form is almost impossible to avoid, so can the Crazy Horse, after 60 years, make a strip-tease exciting, daring, even fascinating? Martha von Krupp, a statuesque dancer from England, whom I meet before the show will give me no leads. “Just keep an open mind”, she says, “go and see it, and fall in love,” she adds, with a knowing smile. Working here is not a job for your typical chorus-line girl. With only 11 dancers on the stage at any one time, everybody is in the spotlight. The intimate theatre brings the audience close to the dancers but their quirky, suggestive aliases, mod-style wigs and costumes set them apart. They are, in the words of one reviewr “untouchable creatures in another dimension”. Developing a reputation for elegance, sophistication and modernity is something that managing director Andrée Deissenberg has deliberately developed over the 10 years she’s been at the helm of the company. In that time, she’s forged collaborations with the biggest names in fashion and performance. Dita Von Teese and Pamela Anderson are both former collaborators, and the iconic red-soled creations of high-fashion shoemaker Christian Louboutin shod the feet of each and every one of the Crazy Girls. Sensuality and attention to detail rules here. “You must live the feelings that you have,” says Mika Do. Rather than mindlessly going through the motions night after night, the dancers, I am told, are encouraged to express themselves. The stage is dark again. Another number begins and the curtain slowly rises. A naked girl sits on a chaiselongue. Suddenly the lights cut and she disappears from view, only to reappear an instant later perched ontop of the chair, rendered in sharp silhouette against a light background, her high-heels in the air. With practiced ease and the confidence that comes from knowing that the entire room is breathlessly following

her every move, she draws shapes in the air, and beams of smoky light follow her movements precisely. “We are clothed in light,” Mika Do says, laughing. The story goes that the creator of Crazy Horse was watching a film in his cabaret when the projection screen was accidentally removed, revealing his dancers rehearsing behind. Delighted by the effect of the film on their bodies, he decided to turn it into a feature of his already iconic cabaret. Decades later, the mastery with which this mysterious woman paints with shadow and light, concealing her body and face with patterns that fade like wisps of smoke, keeps us all in suspense, constantly on the edge of a great discovery. The set transforms again and again as the dancers take over the stage, sometimes many, sometimes few. The tone is light and playful one moment then moody and deadly sexy the next. In one number, an almost naked red-headed dancer paces like a trapped cat around a giant spinning cog, in a spine-tingling, powerful and erotic one-woman show. In another, no faces are seen at all, just magnificent legs and derrieres that dance and play behind a large mirror. In number after number, the Crazy Horse girls dress and undress, command the stage and dare you to hold their gaze. We in the audience fill up our champagne glasses again and again, drinking up the bubbly as we drink up the performances that lead one by one to an exhilarating finale. So does Crazy Horse still have something to offer in 2017? Find out for yourself, when they come to town. Forever Crazy consists of a series of highly aesthetic and visual tableaus presented by a multicultural cast of eleven stunningly beautiful and classically trained dancers clad only in textured lighting and projection. MQ Catch the show at the Crown Theatre, from September 6 to 17. Tickets from ticketmaster.com.au MARQUE WINTER 2017

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FAST FACTS Forever Crazy was as a tribute to Alain Bernardin, the founder of Crazy Horse Paris. It fully preserves the cabaret’s artistic heritage while adding a touch of modernity, humour and sophistication. The show consists of distinct choreographed acts, among them legendary Crazy Horse “classics”. In the last 65 years, Crazy Horse Paris has collaborated with world-renowned French fashion designers including Paco Rabanne, Loris Azzaro, Karl Lagerfeld, Emmanuel Ungaro, Azzedine Alaia, Alexis Mabille, Alexandre Vauthier, Chantal Thomass. Celebrity shoe creator Christian Louboutin has personally designed the dancers’ iconic red-soled shoes - spot them during the show. GLAMAZONS Many stars, like Dita Von Teese (below) have made their mark at Crazy Horse.

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ONLY CONNECT Building a business network is vital - but how do you build connections which really matter? Janine Garner has the answer.

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etworking is essential for business growth and personal success. Yet the adage “it’s not what you know it's who you know” seems to have significantly more weight in this 21st century world of busyness, where jobs are filled before they are advertised and previously-unthought-of collaborations appear out of nowhere to create new and competitive markets and steal market share. Individual talent, previous performance successes, educational achievement or even good old self reliance is no longer enough to survive in the fast-moving business landscape in which continued relevance, agility and innovative thinking are key. Sure, networking still matters – but it’s the network leaders build around themselves that matters more. The Harvard Business Review article Managing Yourself, A Smarter Way To Network found that, “the executives who consistently rank in the top 20% of their companies in both performance and well-being

have diverse but select networks made up of high-quality relationships with people who come from several different spheres and from up and down the corporate hierarchy." Here are five key ways to master the art of building a network that works. GET CLEAR ON YOU First of all take ownership and get clear on your goals and dreams so you can make the right decisions and meet the right people to take you there. It’s about: • understanding your values so you can consistently walk your talk; • identifying your strengths so you can share them; • owning your weaknesses so you • can seek help on them, and • being yourself so you can be authentic and true. When you get clear on ‘you’ and network with conviction, opportunities are created, value is exchanged, influence is increased and connections become transformational. MARQUE WINTER 2017

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IDENTIFY THE CRITICAL FEW British anthropologist Robin Dunbar said there was a limit to the number of relationships humans could comfortably maintain – 150, to be precise. He suggested this was the amount with which we could maintain stable relationships, remember each other’s names, keep in contact and do each other favours. Anything larger than this, he said, results in the creation of other sub-groups and tribes. Momentum, however, starts with a significantly smaller circle of influence. It’s about engaging your personal network on a deeper level putting you right in the middle of a network that connects you to people and information that matters for your growth and personal success. It’s about being small, strategic and smart and ensuring you have these key people to support you: Promoter – your personal champion and inspiration. Pit Crew – who keep you on track and nurture you. Teacher – who expand your knowledge and wisdom and push you to know more every day. Butt-kicker – who hold you accountable for your actions and decisions. FIRST IMPRESSIONS DO COUNT The importance of making a first impression cannot be overestimated, because first impressions influence later impressions. James Uleman, a professor of psychology at New York University explains; “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. In spite of the congeniality of many professional gatherings, judgements are being made and impressions are being formed all the time.” Whether we like it or not, appearance is our first filter – whether in person or on-line. Everything on the outside contributes to others’ impression of you. So make it a good one and take control.


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BECOME AN ACTION TAKER If you say you are going to do something, follow through and do it – this is a non-negotiable when it comes to networking mastery. When you have spent time with someone, engaging in conversation and exchanging value, then you must make sure your words align with your actions. Your ability to nurture your network, to leverage conversations, to constantly give back and deliver will build the relationship over time. EXCHANGE VALUE Value exchange requires trust, faith and the ability to truly engage in conversation, to be switched in to the needs of others and to be curious about how you can help. The cross-fertilisation of intelligence and sharing of skills and knowledge means each party involved gains knowledge, information and eventually perhaps even financial reward for their involvement, but the priority is the sharing of information, the connection that is made and the network that is built. When you learn to share openly with others with no expectation of anything in return, then everyone benefits. It’s the two-way street of powerful networking. It was Richard Branson who said ‘nobody can be successful alone’ and in our fast-moving business world a network that works is critical to fast-track personal and business success. Choose to network wisely, building a circle of influence that allows transformational connections to be nurtured and business growth opportunities to be fostered. MQ JANINE GARNER is a Fortune 500 mentor, keynote speaker and author. She is a partner at Thought Leaders Global and the founder and CEO of the LBDGroup, a networking community that connects like-minded women together to help them achieve extraordinary growth. She is the author of two books - It’s Who You Know: How a Network of 12 Key People Can FastTrack Your Success (Wiley) and From Me To We: Why Commercial Collaboration Will Future Proof Business, Leaders and Personal Success (Wiley). Visit janinegarner.com.au

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Adam Shephard has been a board member and the treasurer of Autism West since 2010. He is also the managing director at Amex Corporation, a father of three and an avid boating and race car enthusiast. MQ What has been your inspiration for dedicating your spare time to Autism West? AS My wife Winks and I have friends who, about 10 years ago when we got involved, had an autistic boy who’s now turned into an autistic young adult. Really that was the inspiration. The key point with autism is that it’s a life-long disorder. So, these parents are raising a child with no hope of a cure. The inspiration was seeing the commitment that they were making to their family on a day-to-day basis. My wife and I are fortunate enough to have three healthy kids, so we just felt that we should allocate some of the free time that we have to help the people who didn’t have that time, because they’re already knee-deep in dealing with their own family and children. MQ What would you like to share with Western Australians about autism? AS Autism is a life-long disorder that affects 1 in 100 people and that rate is increasing. It’s something that affects a lot of people in society. Autism West is really about providing opportunities for children, teenagers and young adults to gain skills and experiences that enable them to successfully connect with others and the world around them. Autism is a communication and social

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disorder where kids or young adults with autism struggle to live socially like the rest of us. There are a number of people out there who, on a daily basis, are supporting people with autism. Autism West gets no government funding, so it relies 100% on funding from corporates and individuals. Because of that we need to keep our overheads in the organisation extremely low, which means that nobody gets paid and all involvement is volunteer time. MQ What are you particularly proud of to date? AS I’m proud that I rode in a team of people 700km and raised $250,000 for Autism West across two biking challenges over two years. But what am I really proud of? I suppose I’m proud that my wife and I have actually been able to make a difference. We have been able to support Autism West and through that support we’ve been able to make a difference so that Autism West can deliver an increasing range of services over the years. I’m proud that over a 10-year period we’ve seen Autism West come out of a garage and are now providing services in three set locations around Perth. I’m proud that we have been a part of that journey. MQ Tell us something we don’t know about you. AS I’ve just come back from a trip to Bermuda to watch the America’s Cup because I’m a mad sailor. I also like driving cars fast around race tracks too. My latest car is an M4, so I’ve done a track day at Philip Island with BMW and a track day with BMW up at Barbagallo race track here. I’ve also taken my own M4 BMW to Barbagallo race track and I’m going there again in two weeks’ time. So I like fast boats and fast cars. MQ What’s something you’re looking forward to? AS My track day in two weeks’ time with my M4. Visit autismwest.org.au/ or if you’re interested in getting involved call 08 9383 6123.


CULTURE

We’ve all got a pair, but did you know that the history of the humble sneaker is one that’s writ large in our culture, a fact celebrated with a new exhibition at the Art Gallery of WA? Lisa Shearon investigates.

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 Originating at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto and organised by the American Federation of Arts, the international travelling exhibition

has had popular showings in Toronto, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Oakland, and is now in Perth for its only Australian presentation.

 “Growing up in Perth, we were always looking at sneakers in magazines and could never get them here,” AGWA’s curator of contemporary design and international art Robert Cook says. “Now, the great sneakers are coming to Perth and nowhere else. The tide has turned!” On display are shoes from the archives of Adidas, Converse, Nike and Puma, as well as private collectors such as legendary hiphop group Run-DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia (Kool Bob Love) and MARQUE WINTER 2017

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Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder. Also featured are sneaker collaborations between celebrities, artists and high-end fashion houses, including Rihanna, Kanye West, Sophia Chang, Tom Sachs, Damien Hirst, Prada, and Lanvin.

 Highlights of the exhibition include an 1860s spiked running shoe, an original 1923 Converse All Star/Non Skid, a pair of 1936 track shoes, the original Air Force 1, and early Adidas Superstars. There’s also a complete presentation of Air Jordans I–XX3 on loan from the Kosow Sneaker Museum.

 Film footage, interactive media, photographic images, and design drawings contextualise the sneakers and explore the social history, technical innovations, fashion trends, and marketing campaigns that have shaped sneaker culture over the past two centuries.
 “This history hasn’t been told,” Robert says. “There have been various sneaker shows around the US, but nothing has been comprehensive from the start to the present day. This exhibition is like a eureka moment; oh wow, this hasn’t been looked at before!” The first section of the exhibition, Rubber Revolution, covers the 1830s to the 1920s, chronicling the birth of the sneaker through a crucial phase of industrial development – the creation of vulcanised rubber – and the rise of sports and physical culture.



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OLD KICKS This page (from above), Stan Smith (Adidas, 1980s), Waffle Trainer (Nike, 1974), Modell Waitzer (Adidas, 1936), Running Shoe (Thomas Dutton and Thorowgood, 186065), All Star/Non Skid (Converse Rubber Shoe Company, 1923), Fleet Foot (Dominion Rubber Company, c. 1925).

“We’ve got a running shoe from 1860, and then we segueway into the indoor sports shoes, versions of what we would now know as Converse All Star hi-tops,” Robert explains. “The specifics have changed a little but the form remains the same from 1900. We’re still wearing more durable versions of that history.” Spanning the 1920s to the

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1960s, The Body Politic: Sneakers, Statehood, and Sporting explores the development of specialised sport shoes and the democratisation of the sneaker, in relation to both consumer culture and the increasingly nationalistic pursuit of bodily perfection.

 The section Sports, Stars and Status Sneakers: Fashioning Fitness in the Twentieth Century explores the intersection of celebrity and footwear and the growth of fitness culture in relation to the “Me Generation” of the 1970s and 1980s, which ushered in the age of the status sneaker.

 “In terms of art forms, I would pinpoint the late 70s and early 80s as the point at which sneakers jump into the cultural realm,” Robert says. “Hip hop and breakdancing started to bring sneakers into serious popular culture; they became part of

the artistic vocabulary at that point.” Fresh Out the Box: Sneaker Culture and Shifting Masculinities reflects on the synergy between hiphop, basketball, and sneakers, which has fuelled popular footwear culture from the mid-1980s to the present, transforming sneakers into treasured personal possessions and masscultural touchstones.

 The final section, Innovation and Design, highlights iconic sneakers created by some of today’s most forward-thinking designers, such as Eric Avar, D’Wayne Edwards, Tinker Hatfield, Tobie Hatfield, and Steven Smith.


 There are few art-forms in popular culture that evoke such a personal response, according to Robert. “Sneakers remind you of your earliest physical being. I’m reminded of wanting to be a runner, and looking at the shoes in magazines;

MY SNEAKER STORY BOX FRESH (below) Whites (Nike x Tom Sachs, 2008-12). Opposite page, (from top right), Patent Cap Toe (Lanvin, 2013), Air Jordan III (Nike, 1994 retro of 1988), Dunk High Pro SB (Nike x Supreme, 2003),Air Jordan I (Nike, 1985) and Poworama (Pierre Hardy, 2011).

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they shaped me in a certain way. You can feel it, it’s not a visual thing. “In the exhibition, I’m drawn to the Saucony Jazz from 1982. I remember looking at Runners’ World magazine when I was 12 and wanting them and obviously not being able to buy them in Australia. They’re a highlight for me. “I know when I’m in the

exhibition space I hover around the early 80s, because that has a resonance for me, while other people hover around the Jordan section. Everyone has a particular connection. It’s a very personal exhibition.” MQ

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REVIEW

SMILES BETTER The MINI Countryman Cooper S is a fun-sized package of pure driving pleasure. By MATTHEW MILLS.

I FUN SIZED THRILLS The MINI Countryman Cooper S offers a drive that's classic MINI with extra fun thrown in.

have a challenge for you – spend five minutes in the company of the MINI Countryman Cooper S without smiling. Reckon you’re dour enough to pull it off? Serious-minded enough to sit behind the wheel of this pocketsized package of fun? I doubt it. I think of myself as being quite grownup, but I was grinning from ear to ear almost before the automatic door of

the Auto Classic’s MINI Garage had swished shut behind me. The showroom itself is a fun place to be, reflecting the off-the-wall ambience of the iconic brand, not least with the on-the-wall MINI that hangs over your head as you walk in, so I was sure that my latest test drive was going to be an uplifting experience. Just being led to my Countryman

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Cooper S was enough to fix the smile on my face. Like every MINI that BMW have brought out since rescuing the ailing classic at the end of the last century, it is a great looking motor, retaining so much of the style of classic born in the swinging 60s yet boasting all the enhancements of the evolved design that BMW has blessed it with. Round and proud, it sat on the


forecourt, almost grinning back at me with those big droopy headlights and distinctive grill. Stub-nosed and a bit pugnacious, it looked like a larrikin mate ready for a weekend of high jinks and revelry. Once inside and the keyless ignition button pressed, I was greeted with a quirky hello as the beautifully designed dash flashed all the neon colours of the rainbow, the main circular dial housing the nav and entertainment display dancing through the spectrum, reminding me that this was a car that was built to have fun in. And yet at the same time I noticed something else about this F60 model, something that creeps up on you, rather than pouncing – for a small car, this is a pretty big motor.

workmates, yet it’s also still a MINI, striking, fun and unique on the road. Driving away, however, I was quickly back into fun mode, knocking my Countryman Cooper S into sport option and driving just that little bit harder to hear the engine pop in that satisfying way cars with a bit of muscle do, pushing the four-cylinder engine and enjoying the strong performance across the rev range. My co-driver on the pick-up was my 15-year-old son, who quickly got busy with the tech, connecting up his phone to give the sound system a good run – and, boy, was he impressed, not just with the sound but with the neon dash’s dancing lights that could have you confusing the cockpit for a banging club.

impressive parking ability. Yes, the Countryman can park itself, a trick that still fascinates me despite having seen it done by a fair few BMWs before. First up, the car finds the best space then gently puts you perfectly into it, letting the driver control the gas and brakes, but taking full control of the steering. As always, I was left wondering how long it would take to get used to such a wonderful piece of technical trickery. The rest of the day was spent finding excuses to take our Countryman for a spin – and enjoying the admiring looks of just about everyone we passed. BMW’s MINI is just that kind of car, people want to talk about it, will come up and ask to get a closer look.

Yes, the F60 is the biggest yet, the first to measure over four metres, so, while being one of the funkiest cars you can get into right now, it’s also big enough to actually take on the duties of, dare I say it, your day-today family wagon. With four-wheel drive across the range its basically an SUV, perfect for work and play with a big enough back seat and boot to accommodate the rug rats or your

The navigation system too got his thumbs up, easy to set and simple to follow. And when he realised that addresses could be entered by writing letters with his finger on the control dial – well, that smile just got wider. Tech, though, is always at the forefront of anything with BMW behind it and after a half hour or so testing the car’s masterful handling we pulled over to test its equally

And then as we returned home after night had fallen we were treated to one last surprise to plaster yet another smile on our faces – open a door when it’s dark and the car projects the MINI logo onto the tarmac at your feet. Wonderfully pointless, wonderfully fun, a trick that just sums up everything that the MINI Countryman Cooper S is. Yes, it’s a car that will do everything you want during the day to day; yes, it could be your family SUV. But while it’s doing everything else, it’s never going to lose that joyful sense of fun that motoring should be all about. MQ From $54,508. Visit autoclassic.minigarage.com.au.

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WILD AT HEART Brad Wilson shoots animals for a living - but not with a gun. A professional photographer based in New Mexico, Brad’s astounding studio portraits of wild animals resonate with a deep, ancient, connection of man and nature - and are a poignant reminder of the beauty, power and fragility of our planet’s wildlife. By NORMAN BURNS Images BRAD WILSON

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acebook can be many things but occasionally something lobs in your feed that is so awesome you just have to follow through and find out more. In this case it was my nine-yearold daughter who let out a “wow” when she spied a striking picture of a barn owl, its eyes closed in a monklike repose, as if it was meditating. The pitch-black background accentuated the owl; you felt you could reach out and touch it. A quick google and Brad Wilson’s name - and more incredible pictures - came into the frame and it was obvious Brad was onto a winner with his images, all of which had the nine-year-old (and me) gasping for superlatives.

From owls to elephants to tigers, chimpanzees, mandrills, snakes, lizards and birds big and small, Brad’s images in his Affinity series (which led to an exhibition and subsequent book, Wild Life) shine with not only technical excellence but a warmth and respect for his subjects. Photographing a wild animal (most are from sanctuaries or zoos) in the controlled environment of a studio is, of course, a much different proposition from “staking” them out in their own environment. Even with handlers close by, there’s an element of risk. “All animals are photographed in a studio - one that I rent or one that I create on site at the sanctuary or zoo where they live,” says Brad, MARQUE WINTER

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who honed his photographic skills over a decade in New York before moving to Santa Fe, an artistic hub close to the deserts and mountains of New Mexico. “Most of my work is now done in Los Angeles, which is less than two hours away by plane. “The lighting, cameras and computers are carefully set up in advance and then each subject is brought in individually. A space is created where the animals are safe and have room to move around. What happens after that is always a bit mysterious and unpredictable,” he says. The Affinity images dazzle with shots of cheeky monkeys and quizzical chimps; an elephant projects immense power; a jet-black leopard slinks with regal grace; a cheetah bares its (perfectly formed and perfectly sharp) teeth with a “don’t-mess-with-me” look straight at the camera. With the backgrounds blacked out all focus is on the animal, creating an incredibly direct and powerful portrait (for the technically minded, Brad uses a Hasselblad H1 camera system with a Phase One P65+ digital back, lighting via a Profoto Acute 2400 system).

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“Wild animals - even ones habituated to humans - are unpredictable and dangerous,” says Brad. “I always work with dedicated professional handlers and our top priority is to minimise risk to everyone involved - including the animals themselves.” He says he doesn’t really have any “scary” anecdotes involving the work, although does relate how he nicked out of his studio for a quick break only to come face to face with a large tiger on his return. “She stared intently in my direction and flicked her tail up and down. I froze - and in that moment realised what prey animals must feel like. I called over to her trainers who were on the other side of the studio and asked what I should do. They responded, unfazed, with a little laugh: ‘Don’t run!’. I walked very slowly - and I mean slowly - past the big cat hoping not to arouse any hunting instincts and, fortunately, made it across without incident,” he says. While the tiger got Brad’s heart rate up he rates an encounter with a mandrill - the world’s largest monkey - as his most memorable shoot to date. “He was boundlessly energetic, vocal, powerful and expressive. From the moment he entered the studio in Los Angeles he announced his presence by slamming doors, knocking over equipment and hitting my leg. “His trainer remarked the mandrill’s best (and only) ‘trick’ was not killing me. I was warned not to touch him, talk to him - or look at him (looking a mandrill in the eye can be seen as a direct challenge). Despite all this, I found him to be a remarkable and compelling creature - and exceptionally beautiful. Capturing a still and connected moment with him was a special and exhausting challenge but well worth the effort,” he says. Brad’s portfolio is proof positive that, somehow, he has the knack of connecting with these beasts. “I can only described the process of the actual shoots as a sort of meditation in the middle of

organised chaos. The animals are scheduled anywhere between one and three hours each,” he says. “If I get one to three good minutes with them during that time I’m happy. Mostly I’m just waiting patiently for some uncommon moment to occur - a moment when something deeper appears to be revealed. For me that connection is both elusive and fleeting, but the pursuit of it is highly inspiring.” Photographing these animals has also opened Brad’s eyes to modern man’s increasing disconnection from the natural world. “What I discovered while working on this project was a world that we, as humans, have largely abandoned - a place of instinct, intuition and present moment awareness; a fully natural world, distinct from the increasingly urbanised and digitised landscape that surrounds us. “In the midst of our modern human civilisation with all its technological complexities, animals still remain stark symbols of a simpler life and wilderness lost. “Perhaps these images can stand as a testament to this other, fading, world and remind us despite the pronounced feeling of isolation that too often characterises our contemporary existence, that we are not alone - we are part of a beautifully rich and inter-connected diversity of life,” he says. And for anyone thinking of going down the animal photography road (mine is limited to Facebook posts of my two feline ‘helpers’ sitting on the keyboard), Brad has some salient advice. “Learn your craft; great ideas are of little importance if you can’t record, process or print them properly. Find your own style, your own vision, give a voice to something that’s important and specific to you. And plan your shoots thoroughly - but allow some space for the unexpected.” And most importantly: “Don’t work with exotic animals kept as pets or handled by amateurs. It’s dangerous for all involved.” MARQUE WINTER

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Brad plans to expand his Affinity series and there’s one animal top of his bucket list. “I would absolutely love to photograph a gorilla. Their close biological relationship to us and the intensity of their expressions would make them powerful subjects. Since they’re endangered and extremely dangerous, it’s unlikely I’ll get the chance unless I find a special circumstance,” he says. I, for one, don’t doubt Brad will get his chance - and once more my daughter and I (and countless more in the digital space) will have another Facebook “wow” moment. MQ BRAD WILSON’s amazing portraits are available as limited edition, photographic quality prints via Doinel Gallery (doinelgallery.com) or Photoeye Gallery (photoeye. com). His book, Wild Life, is available via amazon.com. For more information, see bradwilson.com and on Instagram: @bradwilsonphoto BEAUTIFUL BUT DANGEROUS The mandrill proved a tricky customer for Brad Wilson but he rates the shoot as one of his most satisfying.

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SNAP HAPPY

The Western Australian Camera Club celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, proving more than ever that every picture tells a story. By NORMAN BURNS Images CRIB CREATIVE & COURTESY MEMBERS OF THE WESTERN AUSTRALIAN CAMERA CLUB.

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t’s said if you give a man a fish you can feed him for a day; but teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. Well substitute “fish” for “camera” and there, in a nutshell, is the ethos of the Western Australian Camera Club, the oldest continuously operating club of its kind in the state, which marks its 100th anniversary this year. Whether an absolute beginner who doesn’t know an F-stop from the bus stop, a keen learner just starting out in photography or someone with advanced, specialist skills, the WACC helps its 60-plus members hone skills that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The world was a very different place, of course, in 1917 when Colonial Secretary, Education Minister and newspaper editor HP ‘Hal’ Colebatch convened a meeting in St Georges House that established the club. World War I was still raging and very, very few “ordinary” folk would have had access to cameras, which were expensive and bulky and chiefly regarded as a scientific tool in the most part. “In the early days the members were mainly academics; the first president was Professor William Dakin who went on, along with famous photographer Max Dupain, to advise the Curtin Government on military camouflage,’’ says current club secretary Richard Goodwin, a former newspaper editor himself who went on to work in public relations. (There’s a rich irony here, of course, that Professor Dakin, a man with a passionate interest in exploring the visual medium, had the vital wartime task of ensuring things were well hidden from prying eyes). Over the decades the club had some notable “graduates”, people such as Fritz Kos (1927-2006) who became one of Australia’s pre-eminent architectural photographers. “There was Ted Roche, a former president, who set up a portrait studio in London Court. He also hosted the meeting that formed the WA Photographic Federation,” says Richard of the umbrella organisation for around 40 camera clubs in the state. As cameras and film technology evolved, photography too morphed from being an instrument of scientific

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curiosity to an art form and then a family-affordable pastime which quickly became an essential component of modern life. “The 1960s were a real boom time for photography,” says Richard, who adds that as editor of Victoria’s Warrnambool Standard he had the privilege of working with top press photographers, an experience which fuelled his photographic passion. “I suppose some of that rubbed off on me,” he says. Club president Ray Ross, who runs a family building company, got bitten by the photography bug at a young age and says it’s the sense of strong fellowship and inclusivity that are the club’s lifeblood. “We’ve got members, men and women, aged from 13 to their 80s, we’ve all got a strong social connection,” he says. A club “syllabus” maps out topics for meetings each month, which can range from talks from pro photographers, tips on lighting, howto forums on shooting specialised subject matter (such as animals, underwater photography, or still life) and much more. There’s also a healthy competitive edge in the club, with members’ images (in either printed or

digitally presented categories) being independently judged and scored. The scores go towards naming an end-of-year club champion. Today pretty much everyone has the ability, via smartphones and the like, to snap an image. Even the most basic digital camera, too, has a level of sophistication that was once far beyond that available to the average person. But snapping an image on your phone and taking a great, composed, photograph are two entirely different beasts - which is where belonging to a group such as the WA Camera Club offers such great benefits. “A massive boost has been the boom in 4/3 cameras; these have all the benefits of the bigger SLRs but are ‘mirrorless’, and less bulky,” says Ray Ross. “Our club is great fun, a great place to learn and appreciate what you can capture through the camera lens,” says Richard. For details on membership (the club meets twice a month on Monday nights at the Tuart Hill Community Centre, Grenville Reserve) and events celebrating the Western Australian Camera Club’s centenary year, visit wacameraclub.org or check out their Facebook page. MARQUE WINTER 2017

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MORNING RUN: (above left) WACC member Susan Ross took this fantastic image in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, near India’s border with Pakistan. Lens: EF 70-200mm F4 PEEK-A-BOO (above right) Michele Augustyn captures the charm and beauty of traditional Japan with this beautiful shot of an apprentice geisha, or maiko, in a Kyoto Tea House.

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camera basics DO 1. Fully charge your camera battery and carry a back-up 2. Keep in mind the rule of thirds when composing 3. Pay close attention to the background and edge of your shot to eliminate distractions 4. Be willing to experiment and to print your pics at least occasionally 5. Always be aware of your surroundings whether in an urban or wilderness setting DON’T 1. Take risks positioning yourself or your camera 2. Poke a lens in the face of a stranger 3. Delete images before you see them on a screen 4. Go out without a spare memory card 5. Leave your camera gear unattended or in a parked vehicle


100 YEARS

A CENTURY OF EXCELLENCE A new book shines a spotlight on 100 years of innovation at the BMW Group. By NORMAN BURNS. Images: Courtesy BMW.GROUP/HIRMER VERLAG

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hey say never judge a book by its cover - but not in the case of BMW Group - 100 Masterpieces, a striking coffee table tome edited by BMW Museum curator Andreas Braun that charts the course of a century of spectacular engineering from the innovators at the Bayersiche Motoren Werke, better known to most as BMW. Produced to coincide with BMW’s centenary, BMW Group - 100 Masterpieces charts a story across

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236 richly illustrated, fascinating, pages of the company that started out making aircraft engines (its logo still retains a stylised blue and white propellor), then motorcycles (in 1923, centred around the revolutionary boxer engine) and then motor cars (1928, first making Austin Sevens under licence) eventually becoming a world leader in the automotive industry. It’s a fascinating read; for example, after World War II,


with much of its Munich plant in ruins and faced with strict Allied regulations on what could, and could not be, manufactured, BMW turned to making aluminium kitchen utensils so its staff and their families could survive. Eventually this ‘emergency production program’ ended and BMW returned to producing motorbikes. Even this proved tricky; blueprints and machinery for its 250cc bike had been shifted to Thuringia, in the Soviet zone of occupation. BMW’s engineers had to start from scratch, producing a more advanced, and efficient design - the R24 became a post-war bestseller. By the mid-1950s BMW’s reputation for quality and innovation was growing fast; the elegant, sleek 507 sports car was an instant critical smash, an aluminium-bodied roadster with a lightweight V8 engine. But the acclaim didn’t translate to sales; just 254 were built. Today they are among the most highly sought-after and valuable classic cars. (Nearly 50 years later, BMW launched the Z8 dream car, partly in homage to the legendary 507). BMW faced a financial storm in the late 1950s when sales were low and the market for motorcycles slumped but its distinctive 700 Coupe, designed by Italian Giovanni

Michelotti and which seemed to embody the free spirit of the decade to come, proved a life-saver. It became such a hot seller BMW could barely keep up production and the 700 set the platform for the company’s success in the decades to come. And while BMW cherishes its past, it certainly is a company that is focused firmly on the future. As BMW Executive Vice President Maximilian Schöberl says in the book’s introduction: “If there’s one thing that characterises the BMW Group, it’s that we are ever looking forward. This centenary gives us the opportunity to look far ahead into the future. This is what our motto ‘THE NEXT 100 YEARS’ stands for. We are asking ourselves the question: how will we be travelling on the roads in the coming decades? Our answer is: sustainably, fully connected and autonomously. And we are working on achieving these goals.’’ MQ

DESIGNS FOR LIFE (Clockwise from top) the sleek, sporty Z3 and its 1950s inspiration, the classic BMW 507 roadster; an R24 motorcycle (1948); drawings for the visionary BMW Turbo, a groundbreaking “concept lab on wheels” launched in 1972.

BMW GROUP - 100 MASTERPIECES, edited by Andreas Braun, is published by Hirmer Verlag. RRP $90, available from all good booksellers. The BMW Museum in Munich is also featuring a 100 Masterpieces exhibition until September 30. For details, visit bmw-welt.com

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BOOK MARQUE

NORMAN BURNS REVEALS THE LATEST GREAT READS.

WILD BEAUTY

By Graham Lloyd/Vanessa Hunter, Hardie Grant Travel, $49.99 An ideal coffee table accessory (or perhaps as a gift to friends and family overseas), Wild Beauty is the result of a fouryear continental odyssey by journalist Graham Lloyd and photographer Vanessa Hunter to document Australia’s wildest - and least-known - natural phenomena. Says Vanessa: “We sought out places that were able to ‘stare back’ at us in their wildness.” A great insight into an Australia far removed from the usual touristy images.

Founded in New York in 1967 by Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone set the benchmark for quality writing and photography on popular music, which continues to this day with the magazine still having a circulation of more than a million copies in the US and multiple international editions, Australia included. This handsome book offers a decadeby-decade look at the music scene, jammed with interviews with rock legends such as Dylan, Jagger, Cobain and Springsteen and iconic photography by Annie Leibovitz, Mark Seliger and others.

DRONESCAPES

50 YEARS OF ROLLING STONE

Edited by Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, Thames & Hudson, $55

“Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.” Well, that’s what rock eccentric Frank Zappa reckoned but while his sound bite was memorable it certainly was way off the mark as far as Rolling Stone magazine was concerned.

Fast forward 20 years and drones will be involved in every facet of modern life. Catching a cab from the airport to home? It will probably be a pilot-less drone; want that new camera? A drone will drop it off (carefully, one would hope) at the front door. Those heavyduty armed drones hovering over the freeways? Part of the new police force. Okay, maybe

Edited by Jann Wenner, Abrams, $90

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the latter won’t happen but the phenomenal rise of the drone - from toy to indispensable work tool - is not that farfetched. Pair drones with a camera and you enter a whole new dimension as well and this compilation, edited by photo editor Ayperi Karabuda Ecer, taps into the 20,000-plus image library of the world’s leading drone photography website/ collective, Dronestegram. Dronestegram has nearly 10,000 members worldwide, and Dronescapes looks at some of its leading drone photographers (droneographers?), their jawdropping imagery, and how they ply their craft. There’s also a separate section on tips and tricks for doing your own drone photography.

ON THE SIDE

By Ed Smith, Bloomsbury, $39.99 Food blogger Ed Smith turns the traditional cookbook insideout with this quirky collection of recipes in which the “side dish” becomes the star of the meal. From chorizo roast potatoes, to garlic oil pea shoots and spelt grains with wild

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mushrooms, Smith presents more than 140 recipes that will have you consigning the phrase “meat and three veg” to history.

1000 ICONIC WATCHES

Vincent Daveau, h.f ullmann, $69.99 Our regular Watchwatch section (see pages 12/13) features some of the most beautiful, technically complex and dazzling wristwatches on the market today, and with 1,000 Iconic Watches, author Vincent Daveau explores the incredibly diverse output of the world’s premier watchmakers. With “soldier shots” of everything from sleek sports watches to intricate, historically classic


chronometers and ultra hi-tech modern designs, 1000 Iconic Watches also unveils the stories behind the world’s top brands. A bullet point guide points to the retail price of each piece those with six bullet points are in rarified air indeed, with price tags north of $US50,000.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 COCKTAILS

By Chad Parkhill, illustrated by Alice Oehr, Hardie Grant, $29.99 Well, it was a tough job but someone had to do it researching, and taste testing no doubt, the wonderful history of the cocktail. Melbourne barman-turned-author Chad Parkhill has nailed the task with this superb global journey, told in drinks. From classic cocktails to those using more exotic mixes (Brazilian cachaca anyone?), Chad unveils the stories and legends behind each drink, plus gives tips on creating your own little cocktail heaven at home. And it's all beautifully complemented by the glorious vintage-travel poster style illustrations by another Melburnian, Alice Oehr.

VINYL. ALBUM. COVER. ART.

By Aubrey Powell, Thames & Hudson, $55 One of the greatest tragedies of the dawn of digitised music, to my mind anyway, has been the virtual death of album cover art. Records were (and are) a much more connected experience; you can read the lyrics, pass the sleeves around and admire the more-often-than-not distinctive cover art and illustrations. Heck, you even got a good look at the actual people who made the record. And some of

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rockdom’s most memorable album covers were produced by British design collective Hipgnosis. Founded by Storm Thorgerson, Aubrey Powell and Peter Christopherson in 1967, Hipgnosis went on to produce some incredibly imaginative covers; the burning businessman of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here (which graces the book’s cover); Led Zeppelin’s mysterious “object” for their album Presence and many, many more instantly recognisable classics of pop culture. Hipgnosis Co-founder Aubrey Powell reveals the

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stories behind all of the studio’s catalogue (372 works in all), with fascinating behind-the-scenes images and trivia, a treasure trove of 50 years of rock ‘n’ roll history.


TRAVEL

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE

It’s the bonniest country on earth EDINBURGH – THE FESTIVAL CITY (according to the locals) so here’s MQ’s Edinburgh celebrates the 70th anniversary of its world-famous guide to making the most of a visit to the festivals, and this year bursts with and celebrations. Home to 12 UK's most northerly country. events major annual festivals including the Edinburgh International Festival, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Edinburgh Festival MARQUE WINTER 2017

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Fringe – the world’s biggest arts festival – you can try your hand on stage in an open-access performance if you dare. Visit edinburghfestivalcity.com/

UNDER THE SCOTTISH SEA – THE SNORKEL TRAIL

A Scottish first, the self-led North


West Highlands Snorkel Trail takes in nine beaches and bays on the coastline of Wester Ross and Sutherland, home to dogfish, barrel jellyfish and sea urchins by the bucket load. Visit scottishwildlifetrust.org.uk/thingsto-do/snorkel-trail/

SPIRIT OF SPEYSIDE WHISKY FESTIVAL

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NORTHERN JEWEL Scotland's ancient past is one of the big attractions for visitors to its chilly shores, with castles and churches a-plenty to explore. Whisky is also a drawcard.

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home to some of the biggest names in Scotch whisky. Visit spiritofspeyside.com/

ISLE OF EIGG

Situated south of the Isle of Skye, the Isle of Eigg this year marks 20 years as a fully sustainable island, generating almost 100% of its


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electricity using renewable energy – it’s also home to 130 bird species including breeding raptor species and a truly beautiful spot to visit. Visit isleofeigg.net

THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILITARY TATTOO

Televised and watched by an avid global audience each year, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a magnificent spectacle to experience live, showcasing bagpipers, marching bands, visiting musicians, fireworks and more in the grounds of historic Edinburgh Castle. Just don’t forget to pack a rug, despite the fact the event happens during Scotland’s ‘summer’. Visit edintattoo.co.uk/

20 YEARS OF POTTER MANIA

Twenty years on from its initial print run of 1,000 copies in June, Scotland and Harry Potter are inextricably connected. The author JK Rowling, who still lives in the area, penned many chapters in cafés around Edinburgh, including the Elephant House. Visit touringscotland.co.uk/themedtours/harry-potter-tours/

NORTH COAST 500

Scotland’s answer to ‘Route 66’, the NC500 covers never ending back roads, wide meandering tracks and beautiful bends through Scotland’s finest northern Highland scenery, taking in stunning beaches and delicious dining stops along the way in the ultimate Scottish road trip. Visit northcoast500.com

ST ANDREW’S UNIVERSITY

One of the oldest universities in the world, it’s also where Wills met Kate and is located in the historic town renowned as the global home of golf – what more enticement could a visitor need? Visit visitstandrews.com/

FOLLOW THE VIKING FESTIVAL

Held over two weekends, the Follow the Vikings Roadshow & Festival

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FAR ISLES Scotland's islands are some of the most beautiful and remote spots on earth. Follow the castle trail and find out more about the country's bloody hisotry.

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SCOTLAND’S CASTLE TRAIL

Home to more than 300 castles, stately homes and ruins, Aberdeenshire is Scottish castle country. Visit 19 of the country’s most dramatic fortresses on Scotland’s Castle Trail, check out royal bolthole Balmoral Castle or head south to the allegedly haunted


Glamis Castle. Visit visitscotland.com/pdf/ visitscotland-castle-trail.pdf and glamis-castle.co.uk/

(Edinburgh); and the UNESCO City of Design (Dundee). Visit dundeecityofdesign.com, cityofliterature. com/ en.unesco.org/creative­-cities/glasgow

A UNESCO TRIANGLE

TRAWL THE CRAFT TRAIL

Travel the triangle between Scotland’s beautiful three UNESCOlisted cities, just 100 miles apart: UNESCO City of Music (Glasgow): UNESCO City of Literature

Visit the workshops and studios of Scotland’s thriving arts and crafts sector in Orkney and Shetland, browsing authentic artisan jewellery, pottery, textiles and blown glass, often created using traditional techniques Visit orkneydesignercrafts.com/craft-trail/

to ‘bag a Munro’ (climb one of the country’s 282 mountains over 3000 feet) or witness the awe-inspiring Northern Lights; Wick in Caithness and Galloway Forest Park are favoured spots from which to seek out the night sky in Scotland. Visit wildernessscotland.com and visitscotland.com/see-do/landscapesnature/northern-lights/

EPIC ADVENTURES

Make like Indiana Jones and fly from Glasgow or Benbecula to Barra's Traigh Mhor, a two-mile cockleshell strand which serves as the island’s runway, that disappears underwater twice a day. Or get your brave on and go wild swimming at Port Charlotte on Islay, a swimmer’s paradise with seals, sea otters and crystal clear water, or at the mysterious Fairy Pools in rugged Skye. Visit loganair.co.uk and wildswimming. co.uk/all-scotland

DANCE WITH A SCOT

Get up close and personal with the Scot of your dreams at a ceilidh, where dances include the Strip the Willow – a unique form of couples’ line dancing or the energetic Gay Gordons. Visit visitscotland.com

TRY WHISKY - AND HAGGIS, NEEPS AND TATTIES

Scotland is home to so many tasty treats to sample. From haggis, to whisky distilleries, to famed fish and chips (Frankie’s Fish & Chips in Shetland, the UK’s most northerly chippie, has been named the nation’s best) there are flavours galore in Scotland.

GET YOUR BRAVE ON AND GO WILD SWIMMING AT PORT CHARLOTTE ON ISLAY

VISIT A BUDDHIST RETREAT

There’s no need to head to the east in search of meditation, Scotland is home to Samye Ling, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery which runs courses in mindfulness meditation from its remote valley setting by the River Esk. Visit samyeling.org/

MARVEL AT MOTHER NATURE

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Holidays on Location and Odyssey Travel offer special tour packages for Scotland, some of which include 8D/7N Scottish Dream, Foodies Tour of Scotland, Scottish Castle Experience, Scotland Isles, Exploring Scotland and Scottish History for Australian travellers keen to take in the varied gems of the region. MQ


GIFT GUIDE

BMW MOTORRAD Riding gear

Hit the road in style with BMW Motorrad's biking gear. GS PRO BOOTS High-quality enduro boots 100% full-grain cowhide beneath protectors Removable, gel ankle cushions Plastic reinforcements at heel and toe

PROSUMMER GLOVES Lightweight, summer touring gloves GORE-TEX® glove waterproof offering excellent grip Double-thickness leather on palm Knuckles with shock-absorbing foam

GS CARBON HELMET Enduro helmet, perfect for touring 100% carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic Visor anti-fog inner, anti-scratch outer High-level impact reduction and safety Removable chinbar and dust filter

ENDUROGUARD SUIT Cutting-edge, waterproof off-road riding suit Highly abrasion-resistant dynatec stretch developed by BMW - three-layer laminate with BMW climate membrane, wind and waterproof, highly breathable.

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BOULDER JACKET Short sport-style jacket for the urban rider Abrasion-resistant with water proof wax finish Lightweight, removable NPL protectors Breathable, windproof and waterproof removable BMW climate membrane insert

COOLDOWN VEST A cooling vest with HyperKewl Constant cooling effect Stretchy side sections reducing heat by 6 to 12ºC

SMALL SOFTBAG Rear bag made of flexible material Capacity 35 litres Waterproof main compartment Tear-resistant fabric Detachable shoulder strap

TOKYO JACKET Men's commuter jacket for summer Magnetic fastening on collar Additional waterproof pocket for phone Light NPL protectors - removable dirt-resistant/water-resistant coating

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R&R

THE ROAD

LESS TRAVELLED

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Cyclists worldwide can't get enough of 'gravel grinding' taking a bike, and camping gear, and heading out on unsealed roads to explore the wild blue yonder. And Tasmania's beautiful back country proved the perfect challenge for intrepid cyclists David Killick and Ben Storer. Words and images: DAVID KILLICK

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he rugged terrain of Tasmania is a perfect backdrop for adventure cycling. The state is crisscrossed by a network of forestry roads, barely marked on maps, passing through remote and unpopulated country that sees very little traffic. It’s a great way to get to places even most locals don’t know about, in between the tourist routes, yet remote and scenic and wild. Exploring unsealed backroads is the latest craze in cycling worldwide. Known affectionately as “gravel grinding”, the emerging genre has spawned events like the famed Dirty Kanza in the US and the current affection for lightweight backcountry touring known as “bikepacking”.  At the same time, gravel bikes have evolved from modified cyclocross racers or touring bikes to a specialist genre in themselves, with broad tyres to soak up the bumps, wide-range gearing and disk brakes for all-weather performance plus frame designs set up for comfortable all-day riding.  Like all good adventures this one began with the question “what if?” We pondered whether it was possible

to link Tasmania’s sub-alpine central plateau with the low-lying Huon Valley. The route looked possible on a map, something which doesn’t always mean much. Sometimes there’s only one way to find out - and that’s by having a red-hot go. Our 180km route took us through some pretty remote places: from the desolate road junction at Bronte Park via the Florentine Valley then down into the Styx Valley -  famed as the home of the world’s tallest flowering eucalypts. Along the way there are repeated massive climbs – the track

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VIEWS TO THRILL Ben Storer takes a breather during his and David Killick’s 180km ride through some of Tasmania’s most beautiful, but rugged, terrain.

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bobs up and down repeatedly over the 600m mark again and again. We broke the ride into three 60km sections and hoped there would be somewhere to camp at the end of each day. The forecast hinted at the possibility of single digit temperatures and possible snow. The plan of lightweight bikepacking adventure was tempered by the addition of a tent rather than a gossamer-thin tarp, spare warm clothes and heavier sleeping bags. Better to be slow and warm than fast and hypothermic. The Tassielink bus dropped its only two passengers off with their bikes late morning. Quickly underway to stay warm, we bypassed the tortuous Tarraleah Gorge via a backroad and dropped down to the old Hydro town of Wayatinah in time for lunch. Another half hour’s riding took us to our first major surprise: the Florentine River Bridge had been destroyed by vandals who had set alight its timber underpinnings. As we gazed on the collapsed concrete bridge deck stranded mid-stream, our trip seemed over. Fortunately the river was low and some careful scanning of the the river revealed a possible crossing point. We manhandled the bikes down the bank and pushed precariously across the slippery riverbed. Back on our way, we topped the long and steep climb that followed,


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descending to a delightful campsite by the river just at the autumn light faded. Ben improbably conjured a fire from wood sourced in the damp surrounds - and less improbably a welcome hip flask from his bike bag. The next day’s travel took us south through the heart of the Florentine Valley. As we rolled quietly along the undulating countryside we saw not a single car. Another climb and descent delivered us to civilisation in the form of the Maydena roadhouse where we enjoyed burgers and a chat with the local policeman who was incredulous at our plan. There’s a very sharp climb out of Maydena which put the push into pushbike before we crested the ridge and descended into the Styx, the valley of the giants, through the tall forest and a ferny understory that is lush and green and lovely. We camped in a postcard-perfect

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spot by the river and ate dinner by the campfire as small trout jumped about in the water nearby. Hard roads are forgotten when they lead to places like this. Overnight drizzle petered out by the time we were on the road again. Our final challenge was a climb

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after the regeneration burns which are such a feature of the Tasmanian autumn. We were lucky - the day after we passed new burns made the route we had followed impassable. The second of the day’s two cars for the day arrived just before we launched over the lip of the final descent, a forestry worker who had waved as we’d pushed our way up the other side of the range. He waved again, wondering no doubt what sort of mad buggers attempt this sort of country on bikes. Soon enough we were down, hands aching from the constant braking, rolling over the last few tiny rises before home, where a shower and a cold beer and a sense of achievement were never so well earned. Where to next, what two points on our map has no fool yet joined? There’s another similar route south of here that looks possible - an adventure for another day. MQ


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Horse racing is known as the sport of kings, but just like the thoroughbreds that go hoof-to-hoof, not all tracks are created equal. We take a look at some of the world’s most exotic and spectacular venues - including two of Western Australia’s finest worthy of a holiday destination in their own right. By NORMAN BURNS WHITE TURF, ST MORITZ, SWITZERLAND Horse racing - on snow? It’s hard to argue against St Moritz as being the world’s most spectacular race meeting. For a start, the track above a frozen lake (the ice must be a minimum of 30cm deep) is made of groomed, compacted snow. Then there’s the incredible sight of gallopers, which wear special studded shoes for more traction, powering through the winter wonderland. The White Turf meeting, held on the frozen lake since 1907, also includes some unique events such as skijoring in which jockeys are towed on skis behind their mounts. In the pacing races, sleds replace the traditional wheeled sulkies.

St Moritz has long been known as a playground for the “beautiful people”, so the off-track attractions around the three-day meeting (on consecutive Sundays in February) are also dazzling; think jazz concerts, art exhibitions, gourmet food, fashion and champagne - lots of champagne. Around 30,000 attend each race day, with Switzerland’s richest race, the $150,000 Longine Grand Prix of St Moritz, the highlight of the final day. The White Turf races will be held on February 4/11/18 2018. For more details, visit whiteturf.ch/en and for information on Swiss tourism, visitmyswitzerland.com BIRDSVILLE RACES, BIRDSVILLE, QUEENSLAND Birdsville, even its 115 permanent residents would admit, is a long way MARQUE WINTER 2017 ●

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from anywhere (1,590km west of Brisbane, 1,940km from Sydney, 1,193km from Adelaide and a lazy 3,281km from Perth). Which makes a trip to the annual Birdsville Races (now in their 135th year) all the more enticing for anyone wanting an Outback racing experience like no other. In fact, the two-day, 13-race program attracts around 7,000 racegoers each year to soak up the action on the red dirt track on the edge of the Simpson Desert. Off-track, the iconic Birdsville Pub becomes groundzero for a host of activities and the town transforms into a music/arts/food mecca. Gourmet Outback feast? Yep, can do, or maybe snack on a famous curried camel or kangaroo pie from the Birdsville Bakery. Dress down (or up - Birdsville’s Fashions in the Field is serious stuff with prizes in the thousands for contestants) and check out comedy nights, the famous Fred Brophy Travelling Boxing Troupe, art exhibits, a film festival and live music - the Birdsville Races is a carnival of the quirky. Trainers and horses come from as far as Darwin and the Sunshine Coast, setting up camp under the trees by the Diamantina River.

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Of course, the racing is as fiercely competitive as any; last year Perth jockey Kayla Cross rode the Heather Lehmann-trained Moore Alpha to victory in the Birdsville Cup feature race, the first all-female jockey-trainer combination to do so in the event’s history. This year’s Birdsville Races will be held on September 1-2. Tickets to the races start from $60 but you’ll need to plan well ahead; accommodation options in Birdsville are limited (caravan park, and camping at the central Tent City and also riverside) but there are multiple tour options, including by air from Melbourne and Brisbane. For more information, visit birdsvilleraces.com

MEYDAN, DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Like Birdsville, the Meydan race track (home to the Dubai Racing Club) is on the edge of a desert but it’s fair to say that’s where the similarities end. Opened in 2010 and costing $1.25 billion, Meydan (“meeting place” in Arabic) is the state-ofthe-art home for the world’s richest racing carnival, the Dubai World Cup (a staggering $30 million in prize money over nine races on a single day in March) but it’s not just a centre for horse racing - it also houses a tennis academy, luxurious nine-hole golf course, a resort hotel and spa and an equestrian centre. The sweeping, 1.5km-long main MARQUE WINTER 2017

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grandstand has room for 60,000 spectators (entry to the track is free but there are multiple hospitality suite options, including a Cigar Suite) although if you’re used to going to the races in Australia you should note a couple of things: 1. There is no betting; 2. Alcohol is available at restaurants and hotel bars but

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there are no public bars as such. If you like more than just the honour of picking a winner though, don’t fret; racegoers can enter a free competition, with some big cash prizes, to pick winners - technically, not gambling. Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid al Maktoum, is a massive racing fan - he and his brothers started the Godolphin stable in 1992 and have since landed more than 200 Group 1 winners. Race fans should aim to get to Meydan at least once; after all the lineage of all thoroughbred racehorses can be traced back to one of three founding stallions, the Godolphin Arabian, Darley Arabian and Byerley Turk, all of which came from the Middle East to Europe in

the 18th century. The 2018 Dubai World Cup Carnival spans from January to March, with the $10 million Dubai World Cup to be held on March 26. For more information, visitdubaiworldcup.com. For details on tourism in Dubai, visitdubai.com BROOME CUP CARNIVAL, BROOME, WESTERN AUSTRALIA You don’t need many reasons to swap a chilly August week in Perth with the balmy tropical climes of Broome, so timing your visit with one of Australia’s greatest country racing events - the Broome Cup - makes perfect sense. The Broome Cup is the finale of

DUSTY TRACKS Follow the horses around the world at some of the most incredible racetracks, from Broome to Dubai, St Moritz to Kalgoorlie.

the Broome Turf Club’s nine-week racing season and has been held since the late 1890s. You couldn’t get a more spectacular venue; the rich, red dirt of the course just 7km out of town at Gantheaume Point is offset by the dazzling blue of the Indian Ocean. Indeed, racing website punters. com.au rated Broome as one of its top 10 “stunning racetracks you must see before you die”. Add in the perfect, sunny and warm ‘winter’ weather of the Kimberley, lots of off-track attractions in the area, and the Broome Racing Carnival makes for the perfect getaway. This year Ladies Day will be held on August 15 and the Cup on August 19. For more information visitbroometurfclub.com.au and visitbroome.com.au KALGOORLIE RACE ROUND, KALGOORLIE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA The ‘Round’ is made up of three major race days - the Boulder Cup (September 17), the Kalgoorlie Hannans Handicap (Ladies Day) on September 20 and the finale and one of the highlights of the WA racing calendar, the Kalgoorlie

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Cup, on September 23. The cup carnival is so much more than racing - it’s a celebration of the rich history of the Goldfields and there’s plenty for visitors to see outside the races themselves. The Super Pit, more than two dozen historic pubs in Kalgoorlie, plus the spectacular art exhibition at Lake Ballard, market days, live music and more make a trip to The Round a great experience for everyone, not just the avid punter. To get a sense of just how entwined racing is in Kalgoorlie/ Boulder’s DNA (the first races were held in 1896, the same year the modern Olympics began and in the early 20th century the area had no fewer than three racecourses), a visit to the racing club’s Signpost Goldfields Museum is a must. Check out heroundkalgoorlie.com.au, kbrc.com.au and kalgoorlietourism. com.au for more information CHANTILLY, PARIS, FRANCE It has to be one of the prettiest racecourses in the world — and it’s certainly among the more elegant race meetings. About 25 minutes from Paris, Chantilly racecourse is part of Domain de Chantilly, an estate that also boasts a palace, 115ha of gardens

and an impressive art collection. The course appears to overlook two palaces, though the more imposing one is actually the Grande Ecuries, or stables. Believing he would be reincarnated as a horse, the estate’s founder obviously needed suitably palatial surroundings for his return. There is certainly something otherworldly about the setting, which really comes into its own every June, with the running of the prestigious Prix de Diane Longines. It’s become the most popular event on the France Galop racing calendar and with good reason. The French know how to do things in style. Forget burgers and chips; as you enter, there are stalls selling bonbons and crepes, and families setting up picnics on the expansive lawns trackside. Pre-ordered hampers come in a souvenir hatbox. Très chic. In the middle of the course, Diane’s Village entertains those who want more than a punt. There are nail therapists and hairdressers to pamper you, hammocks to lie in — you can even get flower-arranging tips. Over by the finishing posts, guests in the swish Longines marquee have premium position — that’s if they can drag themselves away from the five-

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star menu and flowing champagne — to watch the Prix de Diane. Also known as the French Oaks, the 2100m race for three-year-old fillies is seen as a stepping stone to Europe’s biggest race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (which this October will again be held at Chantilly, while Longchamp in Paris is being renovated). Named after the Roman goddess Diana, the Prix de Diane’s field isn’t as big as some Australian Group 1 races, but it's a classy one. Just like the fashion. Though it doesn’t have a strict code like Royal Ascot, the French look elegant even when they opt for a casual picnic on the lawn. Allez. For more information, visit prix-de-diane.com ROYAL ASCOT, BERKSHIRE, UK As one would expect from a meeting that is attended by the monarch, things are done a certain way at Royal Ascot. For starters, if you are lucky enough to be in the Royal Enclosure top hats and tails are mandatory for the men, meaning the blokes have to pay as much attention to their attire as the girls for a change. The annual June foray into the Berkshire countryside, about an hour from London, is actually a five-day festival of food, fashion, fun and premium racing, so the well-to-do in particular tend to make a week of it, sparing no expense on new outfits and hats for each day. Premium enclosures, such as the Windsor where you have a bird’s eye view of the Royal Procession as well as the finishing straight, tend to sell out early. The Diamond Jubilee Stakes, which has been won by Aussie legend Black Caviar, is the race to win — not the least because the Queen presents the winner with their trophy — but there are eight group one races over the carnival, attracting some of the best horses in the world. MQ Visit ascot.co.uk

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COVER STORY - M4

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BMW’s M4 has had a birthday makeover says Philip French, taking the popular coupe and convertible models up an extra notch.

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ometimes you need to make the best things in life even better. The BMW M4 Coupe and Convertible have long been lauded as true performance cars for the enthusiast. The combination of razor sharp handling, extensive use of lightweight materials and rear wheel drive, with 317kW of power and 550 Nm of torque, creates an exciting and enjoyable driving experience, as well as an already impressive lap time. With the competition package, 331kW of power is now at your disposal, to

really shave those seconds. Never one to rest on their laurels, however, BMW saw that the M4 was doing so well it decided to give it a bit of a birthday make-over, and ultimately the driver gets all the presents. The new BMW M4 Life Cycle Impulse (LCI) has been tweaked here and fettled there to give you the latest in technology, features, and styling. New headlights and taillights, the latest iDrive 6 entertainment system and some special interior and exterior changes are all included to give you the best MARQUE WINTER 2017 ●

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driving experience. The twin round headlights with running lights have been a symbol of the BMW road presence for decades, and the M4 LCI makes no exception. The adaptive LED headlights give a hexagonal shape to the running lights, highlighting the precision and strength of the car, as well as an LED indicator light, acting as an ‘eyebrow’, further emphasising the wide presence of the car on the road. The M4 has completely redesigned taillights, however still retain the characteristic L-shape style. These taillights are entirely red tinted, with a more flowing, sophisticated style, emphasised by the larger indicator surfaces, which for the first time, work on the inner bootsection of the light. This also helps retain that wider road presence from the rear.

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BMW SAW THAT THE M4 WAS DOING SO WELL IT DECIDED TO GIVE IT A BIT OF A BIRTHDAY MAKEOVER.

Wheels are one of the most important parts of a car. They can be the difference between podium and victory, so you might as well have the best. The M4 Competition’s Light Alloy Star Spoke, Style 666M wheels, are now also available in black, as well as the existing alloy colour, giving you the possibility of a little contrast if you desire, or the complete blacked-out appearance for a display of understated performance. As a driver, you may be wondering what it’s like for you

inside the car. The LCI brings some subtle changes, but ones which add an additional layer of sophistication and detail to the cockpit of your machine. The instrument panel is now double stitched and the control panel includes electroplated detailing. But it doesn’t stop there, the M4 now includes illuminated M4 emblems on the comfortable, wraparound sports seats, to accentuate its exclusivity, as well as serving a reminder to all those inside that they are in something special. However, the biggest present for MARQUE WINTER 2017

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ALL CHANGE The M4 now has the inclusion of iDrive 6 making tech heads rejoice.

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the driver of an M4 – one which will make all tech-heads out there rejoice – is the inclusion of the iDrive 6. iDrive 6 now includes a clear and customisable two-page menu interface, with active tiles. The order of the tiles can be customised and actively show information pertaining to that tile’s option. MQ The BMW M4 from $167,979 - for more information or the chance to try the Ultimate Driving Machine itself, visit BMW Auto Classic or email phil.french@autoclassic.com.au. Visit autoclassic.com.au


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VILLA NERO BY AVERNA HOMES HAS A REASON TO SHINE!

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THE PERSONAL TOUCH

Averna Homes is more than an award-winning builder - it’s a builder that puts the customer first. By LISA SHEARON. Images by CRIB CREATIVE.

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rom humble beginnings in a Perth garage a decade ago, Averna Homes has grown to be one of WA’s – and Australia’s – most well-regarded boutique builders, to the point that the company won a prestigious national HIA award earlier this year. “The company started on August 1, 2007, from my home, in my garage,” managing director Paul Serra explains. “I started Averna Homes because I’d worked for two of the largest building companies in Perth and felt that people were missing out on the personal touch. “I wanted to create a company that was more boutique and more personal. I wanted to build fewer homes and give more attention to the clients and the quality of the product.” Paul talks about the team at Averna as family – he’s proud that his staff are as passionate about building bespoke homes as he is, and that each member of the team is personally invested in each project. “The point of difference for us is the passion that we have at Averna,” Paul explains. “Each one of the staff here is like my family. “They have the same passion and drive for building as I have, and all our clients know all our staff. “Averna can offer the personal touch because we’re small. We have the resources of a large-scale company but we build minimal homes to give the right quality and

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HAPPY FAMILY The team at Averna Homes (below) has grown to become one of WA's most wellregarded boutique builders, winning an HIA award this year.

service to our clients.” When the company was founded, Paul had a clear goal of building personalised, custom-designed homes, and a decade later has remained true to his aim. “We start with a blank sheet of paper and we design your dream home to suit your block of land and your family’s requirements,” he says. “We don’t have sales people at Averna; instead, we have two inhouse staff designers, who have the initial meeting with our clients. “This is where the process starts. The clients explain to our designers what they’re looking for in their home. Our designers could spend up to two to three months meeting with our clients at their homes, with their families, finding out their requirements. “The difference with us is that we spend a lot of time at the front end, before we go to site, so the plans are 100% before we start. We can alter things on site, but it doesn’t happen, because we spend the R&D time with our clients at the front end. “Sometimes the building process

takes two, two-and-a-half years, but our clients appreciate the time spent, because they want their dream home.” Paul talks fondly of each home that Averna has built; he has a personal affection for each property, and is proud that he’s been there to hand over the keys to each and every client over the past decade. “Every home that we build is a standout for us. The attention to detail from the design through to the end result is what makes me get up every morning. It’s just amazing to see the product at the end.” Averna received national recognition for its meticulous approach to home building when it won best Australian Spec Home in the prestigious Housing Industry Awards. Built on a tight, 300sqm block, the award-winning home was a testament to innovative, wellthought-out design, with the judges commending the sharp lines and striking colour palette. “It was great to see the judges recognise our attention to detail and quality of product,” Paul says. “It’s MARQUE WINTER 2017

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all about the design on a smaller, tighter block, but it’s also about using the right products.” Despite the accolades and anniversaries, it’s business as usual at Averna. They’re currently building their largest project to date – a riverside property on Melville Beach Parade in Applecross. “It’s on a different level,” Paul admits. “We’re working closely with the client to make their dream come true, and it’s going to be amazing.” A second show home is also on the cards, intended to showcase the possibilities of a narrow lot. “Other than that, the crew is working very hard,” Paul says. “We’re focused on servicing our clients and continuing our passion for building custom homes.” MQ AVERNA HOMES, Level 1, 54 Belgravia St, Belmont, WA 6104. Phone 9373 3999, 0419 099 302, email jamie@ avernahomes.com.au, visit avernahomes.com.au

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Award-winning developer and architect Barry Baltinas has a passion not just for creating iconic Perth buildings, but also for collecting and racing BMWs. By LISA SHEARON.

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arry Baltinas is known for his distinctive architectural designs, including the luxury Miami Apartments in Kings Park, the artdeco-inspired Kingdom Apartments in South Perth, and the futuristic Halo Apartments in Mount Street, as well as the interior of Perth nightspots such as Gold Bar in Subiaco. But when he’s not rewriting the architectural rulebook, he’s tearing up the race track in his

much-loved BMWs. “I’ve been an avid fan and enthusiast of BMW for many years, starting from my first BMW in the late 80s, which continued with me driving and racing BMWs since then,” Barry says. “I’ve owned three different M3 models and currently own an M6, which I use as my daily driver for work.” Close to Barry’s heart is his 1970 BMW 2002 historic race car. MARQUE WINTER 2017 ●

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Holding a CAMS National Circuit race licence, Barry is regular sight on the race-track in his beloved BMW 2002. In 2014, he won three State Championships, CAMs, WASCC, and HTCC in his beloved 2002. “In 2016 we ran a Korman-built race engine. Korman is a legendary USA BMW-sponsored driver and race car builder from the 80s,” Barry explains. “That same year during qualifying laps the BMW 2002 set the under three litre lap record at Barbagallo Raceway.” Barry’s 1997 E36 M3 is currently leading the outright in the Improved Production Class in 2017 against the big

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A TRUE FAN Opposite, Barry Baltinas with Steven Richards and his BMW M6GT3, his 2002 Ti-race car. This page, (left), his 2015 M4, below left, his 1997 BMW M3, centre, the 2014 Historic Touring Car State championship trophies, right,the BMW 2002Ti with his current daily drive, a BMW M6, and bottom, the 2002Ti being chased by V8s.

V8s. “It’s been very tough racing big against the five- to six-litre capacity Holdens and Ford powerhouses with the little 3.2-litre M Power engine, however BMW’s M handling and engineering characteristics has so far pushed us to the top of the leaderboard,” he says, proudly. Barry also talks fondly of his 1998 M3, which was once both his daily driver and street sprinter. “This car won me boxes full of trophies back in

the day, with the only modifications being a set of R-compound semi-slick tyres. It was an amazing BMW M3.” For a decade, Barry’s pride and joy was a custom lightweight 1970 BMW 2002, which he raced in hillclimbs, circuit racing and sprints. “I campaigned this car from 1995 up until 2005,” he recalls. “This car is now owned and raced by a gentleman in Queensland, where he runs it with a BMW S14 M3 engine.” MARQUE WINTER 2017

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Also adored is his 2004 BMW M3, which was once Barry’s daily driver and weekend track car. “I’ve won many race events with this M3 thanks to the amazing M3 balanced engineering.” Another daily driver was the 2015 M4, which set a blistering lap time of 64 seconds at Barbagallo raceway. “For a road car this is extremely impressive, as many race-cars struggle to achieve that lap time,” Barry adds. Of course, Barry relies on BMW to get him from A to B, too – currently, this is the family BMW X5, which is also used to tow the 2002 and M3 to and from races and events. “I’ve also owned one of only 14 2010 frozen black V8 M3s in Australia,” he says. It’s clear that Barry’s blood runs BMW, to the point that his son is also a fan, owning a 2001 BMW 325i. MQ Baltinas Architecture - visit baltinas.com


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A continent apart, there’s some smart thinking going on to bring fresh ideas to the drinks scene, from Margaret River to Melbourne.

ho hasn’t ducked into the airport duty free on the way overseas to grab a last-minute Aussie souvenir for family or friends? Stuffed koalas or kangaroos, a plastic boomerang or a nice bottle of Australian wine are normally the order of the day. Finding something, well, different, but still uniquely Australian can be quite the challenge. Entrepreneur and frequent traveller Bill Hargitay was faced with the same dilemma but, with a gem of an idea already germinating in his mind, he set out to do

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something about it. Budapest-born Bill migrated with his parents to Australia when he was four, eventually going on to a highly successful business career. “I have a degree in economics majoring in industrial relations, most of my career has been in management roles and I had been in various CEO positions prior to my retirement in 2011. I had an idea

which had nagged me for some years, so in my retirement I thought I’d give it a go,” says Bill. The idea was for a uniquely Australian premium spirit - the kind you could take as a gift for overseas friends, the kind that would put Australia on the map as having its “own” alcoholic beverage in much the same way whisky is to Scotland, gin to England, vodka to Russia, tequila to Mexico, and so on. “In my business and personal life I travelled a great deal spending many hours at airports and duty free stores. I always wondered why Australia did not have a premium spirit; I thought there was a gap in the market. In addition, if I visited my relatives in Hungary I could never find a premium, uniquely Australian product as a gift; Australian wines are so successful they are available in most countries and there are only so many cuddly stuffed kangaroos or koalas you can give. Gin, vodka and rum belong to their countries as their national spirit and when I first started researching this project Wikipedia listed our ‘national’ drink as Four X and Coopers.” Thus was born Vantage - a premium spirit with an ABV of 37% and distilled in Melbourne - that’s infused with native bush ingredients such Australian lemon myrtle, Tasmanian mountain pepper and a hint of Australian-grown mandarin. “It took the best part of four years to bring Vantage to market and I learned very quickly that my past career as a CEO giving orders ill-equipped me to know the details required to build a business from ground-up by yourself. It also confirmed to me that the best management tools are curiosity and perseverance (thick skin also helps). One of the most entertaining parts of the creation journey was the setting up of taste-testing panels for formulations using different Australian botanicals. We had wonderfully exotic formulations to sample with names such as Wallaby 1 MARQUE WINTER 2017

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ADVANTAGE AUSTRALIA A desire for a uniquely Australian spirit led Bill Hargitay on a four-year odyssey which resulted in the creation of Vantage (opposite page).

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and 2, Echidna 3 etc.” Hitting on the right formula, Bill knew he then had something original, and versatile, to take to the market. “We like to refer to Vantage as an ‘Australian Botanical Spirit’ as all the flavour comes from the native botanicals; we don’t use juniper berries as they are not native. Vantage has the richness of the Australian botanicals but without juniper it is hugely versatile. “It can be enjoyed neat, which is usually not the case with most other white spirits. Vantage cuts across the traditional spirit genres; for example, a Vantage mojito doesn’t require white rum because the Australian botanicals combine beautifully with the lime and mint. “Vantage’s subtle botanicals do not over-power, complement most mixers and work beautifully as a cocktail base,” he says. Following through with an idea and producing it in commercial quantity was one thing, winning over the hearts and minds of the spiritdrinking public - and probably more importantly the hospitality trade another challenge entirely. “Consumers have been superresponsive to Vantage; they love the taste and whole look of the product. There is real interest and support for Australia having its ‘own’ premium spirit, there is a realisation that gin, vodka and rum represent the spirIt of other nations (that is not to say we don’t make some wonderful versions of these spirits here). “Retailers and on-premise venues also tend to think in rigid, existing spirit ‘genres’, this can make it difficult in terms of placement and drinks menus printed to represent only these rigid classifications. However more and more retailers, bars and clubs are saying ‘yeah, it tastes great and it’s all-Australian, why wouldn’t we give it a go’,’’ says Bill. With coverage in a host of magazines and newspapers, appearances at major food and wine shows (at the recent Melbourne


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Food and Wine Show Bill sold 22 cases of Vantage at his stand) and promotional tastings across Australia’s international airports and liquor outlets, Vantage is quickly establishing a presence in the public psyche. Nailing some medals at liquor competitions (it took silver at its first international showing at the recent San Francisco Spirits competition) has also lifted the Vantage profile. “Not strictly an award, but as a major accolade and a source of pride to me, Vantage was chosen as the

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official spirit of the 59th Logie Awards,” says Bill. “At the Tax Free World Association Asia Pacific show in Singapore in May visitors from all around the world tasted and loved Vantage and its overt Australian-ness. It demonstrated the suitability of Vantage to a wide range of nationalities and ethnicities (most of which are also represented in Australia).” Exposure at the show led to a Singapore distributor being appointed - and the spirit being served at the Singapore High Commission. And Vantage may be just the beginning. “We’ve been working hard to establish the Australian Botanical category in its own right, not merely as Australian botanicals added to yet another gin. Developing Vantage, we experienced the richness, diversity and scale of Australia’s botanicals. There are a few ‘Wallaby 2’ and ‘Echidna 3’ recipes up our sleeve for future projects,” says Bill. Meanwhile, every time Bill goes off on another overseas jaunt it must be immensely satisfying to see his own distinct Aussie creation for sale in the duty free liquor section. Down in Margaret River, winemaker Greg Garnish is also looking to forge a distinctive path in the Australian drinks landscape. Greg, a partner and estate director of Wilyabrup-based Harmans Estate, has launched a West Australian take on the classic Latin American distilled wine, Pisco. Harmans Estate produces wines under its own label and also makes wines under contract for others but, says Greg, the operation was looking to bring something distinctive to the market. “Pisco is basically brandy that hasn’t been aged,” says Greg. Twice-distilling the wine produces a “very clean spirit” with a final alcohol content of around 40%. “It’s like a gin or vodka but with no real harshness or burn; around 1,000 litres of wine produces 100 litres of Pisco,” says Greg, a former chartered accountant who honed his skills in the hospitality industry managing Subiaco’s legendary Oriel Cafe before setting out to make a career in the wine industry. So why Pisco? “We were looking around at different ideas and while Pisco produced in South America is distributed in Australia such is the demand you could order a couple of cases but only get a couple of bottles. Also our consultant distiller, Steve Thomas, rang me one morning after reading about Pisco while waiting in the doctor’s surgery but it was already on my radar.” Greg went out and bought a 25-litre still and began experimenting with different varietals to produce the aromatic spirit that can be drunk neat, or as a cocktail ingredient. When WA Today ran a piece on Greg’s plans, the

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Harmans Estate website surged with 9,000 hits. Greg hadn’t counted, though, on news of a Margaret River Pisco nearly causing a diplomatic tiff between Peru and Chile - the drink’s traditional home - and Australia, with producers antsy that someone was intruding on their turf. There was even a meeting between Australian Trade Minister Steve Ciobo and Chile’s directorgeneral of international economic relations Paulina Nazar, the latter conveying “concerns” from Chilean pisco makers and stressing the importance of the product to Chile. But Harmans Estate is pressing on with its plans, officially launching the product in Perth in June. Says Greg: “Pisco is a generic term, like gin or vodka, and isn’t protected - and we’ll be identifying this clearly as Margaret River Pisco.” Harmans has launched three initial drops in 700ml bottles retailing for around $80 (Pisco Original, a blend of several varieties of grapes; Pisco - a single vintage, single distilled and single varietal; and Pisco Liqueur, a blend of doubleTHE PISCO KID Margaret River winemaker Greg Garnish with the still that's producing three varieties of pisco, a distilled wine.

distilled pisco with a barrel-aged white liqueur). At the time of going to press, Greg’s pisco was available from the Harmans Estate cellar door, at the Public House bar and restaurant in Adelaide Terrace in Perth, Harley House in Melbourne and also one of Australia’s most distinguished eating establishments, Sails on Lavender Bay, in Sydney. MQ For more on Vantage, visit spiritofanation.com. For more information on Margaret River pisco, visit harmans.com.au or contact Greg Garnish on 0429 887 404. MARQUE WINTER 2017

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EATING the WORLD I Ku De Ta has opened with a splash and thanks to a talented team of innovative chefs, the clutch of restaurants at the riverside restaurant offers a window to world dining. By LISA SHEARON. Images by CRIB CREATIVE.

t didn’t take Ku De Ta Perth long to find its feet. Since opening in March, the West Australian outpost of the much-loved Bali restaurant has quickly established itself as a must-visit eatery. This is due in no small part to the stellar culinary team led by executive chef Daniel Fisher and head chef Liam Atkinson. Adelaide-born Dan has worked at some of the world’s most well-known restaurants, before arriving in Perth in 2015, while Liam has long been recognised for his ability to take his cooking and venues to new heights. Both Dan and Liam forged their friendship at Perth’s Print Hall, and are pleased to be bringing their collective cooking

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skills and abilities to Ku De Ta. “I feel incredibly confident in our skills as a team and also in what we’re producing for the customers,” Liam says of Ku De Ta’s culinary team. “We’ve been given free reign on all the menus,” Dan adds. “The bosses and the owners have all been really supportive; they believe in what we’re doing, which I think comes across. “When the powers-that-be let you do what you want to do, I think the food tastes better, because we really believe in what we’re doing.” The design of Ku De Ta has been heavily informed by Perth’s local heritage and culture to pay homage


to the iconic venue’s new location. London-based architect Perparim Rama has used natural and organic materials throughout the venue, many of which have a historical reference point – from from the reclaimed Jarrah wood and timber from the Bunbury Jetty, to the use of oak, which was inspired by the two oak trees planted in the city gardens in the 1800s. When it comes to the menu, Dan and Liam take influence from international cuisine and techniques and apply them to local ingredients and produce across Ku De Ta’s three distinct dining areas: The Deck, The West and Dining. The Deck, Ku De Ta’s main bar, is a casual dining space with an all-day menu, starting with a contemporary breakfast from 7am. Boasting 270-degree views of the water, the menu features family-friendly dishes designed for sharing, including modern antipasti, house-made pasta, and pizzas cooked using an authentic Italian Pavesi pizza oven. The West features fresh seafood and charcuterie from a raw and cure bar alongside Modern Australian inspired sharing plates using handselected local produce. Open for dinner every night, plus lunch from Friday to Sunday, guests eat at large oak tables or along the bar and kitchen counter. Open for dinner every night, and lunch from Wednesday through to Sunday, Dining offers a relaxed a la carte menu in a sophisticated setting. “As chefs, we’re both modern and progressive; we want to do things that other people haven’t done,” Dan says. “We’re not trying to chase other people’s restaurants or other people’s food styles. We’re not looking in cook books every day to try and steal ideas, we want to be doing new stuff. “The great thing is, Liam and I always seem to be heading in the same direction. I’ve worked with chefs for years and years who never quite get what you’re talking about; we seem to understand each other

when it comes to food. “Liam’s probably the easiest chef I’ve worked with in terms of the way that we both think about food,” Dan continues. “It’s awesome because we can bounce off each other and know where we want to get to, so it makes creativity easy.” “Plus, we still hang out after work and get takeaway Chinese, so we still must get on, sort of,” Liam adds, laughing. Ku De Ta’s food has a strong focus on Australian produce, with as many ingredients as possible sourced from local producers and suppliers – think Moojepin mutton from Katanning, Wagin game and poultry and Gippsland pure beef. Other produce highlights include famed Blue Ridge marron from Manjimup, olive oil from family-owned Wullura in Yallingup, and local ingredients such as native citrus and spices from Marvick Farms. Both Dan and Liam have worked tirelessly to assemble the very best local suppliers, visiting many of them on site at their farms to see first-hand where the produce comes from.

ROOM FOR MORE There are several different venues under the Ku de Ta moniker, from fine dining to casual brunching, overlooking the Swan River. Right, Daniel Fisher and Liam Atkinson run the busy kitchens.

They’ve also spent time at Ku De Ta Bali, imbibing the restaurant’s food ethos. “Both Liam and I spent a lot of time last summer working in the kitchens, so we could establish a real sense of the food ethos, which could be brought into our menu development here,” Dan explains. “At Ku De Ta Perth, while we don’t recreate the menus of Bali, we have created a diverse all-day dining menu using a similar philosophy.” MQ Ku De Ta’s Culinary Collective program will kick off in July, bringing the best international chefs to Ku De Ta Perth Dining to showcase WA’s superb local produce in a collaborative and exciting way.

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Menu highlights include:

Aged Moojepin Mutton with green sauce, mint and eggplant in Ku Dining – whilst this will be a signature menu item, the dish will consistently evolve as the chefs use different parts of the animal. At West, make sure to taste the XO Pipies – delicate South Australian pipies cooked in a house-made XO sauce - and Shishito peppers and coppa with persillade. Seaweed spaghetti with locally sourced crab (the pasta is hand-made with seaweed which is also used in the seasoning) and stracciatella with sandalwood nut pesto are the chef’s pick for Deck diners.


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They’re famous for the sea-shell shaped chocolates but Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café offers so much more via its brand new venue in Perth. By TORI WILSON.

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he fortunate citizens of Perth were recently gifted a little taste of Belgium in the shame of the Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café. Guylian’s story began with Guy Foubert, a passionate Belgian chocolatier, and his paramour Liliane. When Guy married Liliane in 1958, the two immortalised their passions for love and chocolate by joining their names to one: Guy-lian – and thus Guylian Chocolaterie was born. Guy, Liliane and their daughters would visit the north coast of Belgium each year where he would collect sea shells, plucking them from the beach’s sand. While admiring the fruits of his beachcombing adventures, Guy had the idea to use them as a mould for his chocolates, which is how the iconic Guylian seashell chocolates began. Guy developed the signature Guylian recipe for the chocolates’ hazelnut praline filling and Liliane added her artistic flair, designing the shiny marbled coating and the

elegantly sculpted shapes. Each day, they would venture to the local markets with their daughters, where they would sell their sea shell chocolates, each one lovingly crafted by hand. Since the days of the Belgian markets, Guylian has travelled far and wide across the globe, landing most recently right here on Perth’s St Georges Terrace. Guylian’s brand director Patrick Freriks is very pleased with how their latest endeavour has turned out. “When we were visiting the location earlier in the year, we were all absolutely impressed with the building, with the heritage, with the uniqueness and with the street itself,” says Patrick. Perth’s Guylian Chocolate Café is a flagship store, the first of its kind for Guylian’s new store layout – for which heritage is the key. “We wanted to add more of the Belgium architecture to the design, so we brought our Australian architects to visit Belgium for two weeks,” says Patrick. “If you see the MARQUE MARQUE WINTER WINTER 2017 2017

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floor of the café, for example, it is all mosaic, which is something typical of Belgium, a technique that has been used throughout our history.” The café truly is magnificent. Stepping into it almost feels like I’m entering a prestigious restaurant for fine dining where I might just bump into someone like Marco Pierre White on a break from creating his own food. In short, it’s so much more than just


another cafe for chocaholics. Like the mosaic floor, the layout has been designed with Belgian heritage in mind, which is reflected by the furniture, the marble counter and the subtly embellished ceiling. The Perth heritage building ties in perfectly with what Guylian has aimed to achieve. Combining this with modern, mood adjustable lighting makes for a stunning, sleek design. “We made these changes with the idea in mind that this is the future. Perth will be the future Guylian Belgian Chocolate Café look and feel, for all the world,” says Patrick. The Guylian brand doesn’t intend to stop with Perth. They are aiming to open more cafés within Western Australia as well as already having plans for two new outlets in Doha in Qatar underway. Though of course it’s not just the new, heritage-inspired layout that is attracting lines out the door (which was experienced by the new Perth store across the opening week), it’s even more so the decadent chocolate experience that your tastebuds will relish once inside. The signature Guylian praline ice cream is another Perth first, which makes for a darn good dessert on its own but an even better one when paired with Guylian’s light and crispy Belgian waffle. Grab yourself one of the homemade, real melted hot chocolates to make a truly indulgent meal of it – with a choice of milk, dark or praline chocolate. If anyone has tried a little bit of everything and knows what to recommend, it’s Patrick. “The one

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Belgian chocolate favourite dessert for me is the 100% Pure Pleasure,” he says. “This was the first dessert created by our threestar Michelin chef.” “The 100% Pure Pleasure is a combination of the chocolate ganache with a panna cotta layer inside, a layer of coffee cream and then you’ve got a layer of the beautiful chocolate,” says Patrick. “It brings together the chocolate taste with the coffee produced at our own coffee plant. The coffee is a unique blend created to fit perfectly with the taste of the praline; this is the signature of the dish.” Patrick’s description of the 100% Pure Pleasure is enough to make my mouth water . . . Can it be as good as it sounds? You’ll have to find that out for yourself. MQ

• In 1912, the Belgian chocolatier Jean Neuhaus invented the first hard chocolate shell, or couverture, allowing them to experiment with different fillings, including their reknowned praline. • Switzerland and Belgium are the only two countries where the term ‘chocolate’ is legally restricted to products containing only cocoa butter, cocoa solids, sugar and milk. • Swiss chocolate, Belgium’s one real competitor, originated from Belgium when Swiss chocolatiers imported the recipes they later altered. • Belgians have always used premium cocoa as they had easy access to high quality cocoa from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, once known as the Belgian Congo. • Belgium produces over 170,000 tons of chocolates annually

• Visit guyliancafe.com.au/st-georges-terrace-wa

Did you know...

• Guylian still uses the same original recipe for hazelnut praline, a heritage of the company’s founding father.

• How Guylian roasts and caramelises their hazelnuts is a well kept secret that is

said to give the chocolates their velvety taste.

• Since 1999, Guylian has provided substantial financial support to help preserve endangered seahorses and other marine life around the world. Every time you purchase a box of Guylian Belgian Chocolate Sea Shells, you’re supporting Project Seahorse.

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GENIUS battery directly, saving that electric power for when you get to your next built-up area. This ability to switch seamlessly between pure electricity, petrol engine, and a combination of both, gives you the freedom to use a powerful and comfortable electric car during your daily commute and an efficient and dynamic petrol-hybrid for those longer weekend drives. Most importantly, all iPerformance models still retain the dynamic driving capabilities, which retain their title as the Ultimate Driving Machine. Currently, BMW iPerformance models are available on the 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, and X5 range. For more information, or if you’d like to organise a test drive, contact me at Auto Classic BMW, or phil.french@ autoclassic.com.au. Happy Motoring!

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BMW Auto Classic’s resident Genius, Philip French, explains the BMW iPerformance Plug-In Hybrid range.

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lithium-ion battery to give motorists the advantages of emission-less and smooth electric driving with the range and confidence of a petrol engine. iPerformance cars are very smart, profiting directly from the experience and knowledge of BMW i engineers to deliver you a car that is intelligent, efficient and, most of all, dynamic to drive. Using intelligent energy management, an iPerformance car can seamlessly switch the petrol engine on and off when required to maximise efficiency, yet still feeling like you are driving a standard petrol vehicle. Additionally, the car can be used in fully electric mode, giving you 3050km of true electric range, perfect for the daily commute. Brake energy regeneration also reintroduces energy lost when braking back into the battery to extend the range as much as possible. The petrol engine can also be set to charge the car’s MARQUE WINTER 2017 ●

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CLUB TOGETHER The BMW Club WA offers the perfect environment to get the most out of being a BMW owner.

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ne BMW owner, good. 200,000 BMW owners, incredible. And all of those 200,000 BMW owners have one thing in common – they’re members of the 680 officially recognised BMW car and motorcycle clubs, including the very active BMW Club WA. “The goal of the Club is to bring BMW owners together through a variety of social and technical events,” says John Slade who for the past five consecutive years has been the Club’s president. “I wanted to broaden my circle of friends and develop an interest outside of my working life,” says John. “Like my father, cars have always been an interest and having just purchased my first BMW I was looking for an interest which would offer activities that could be enjoyed as a family, including our son. “BMW Club membership is familyfriendly, with a single membership covering both partners and children. I’m glad I decided to join, have learned a lot about BMWs and cars in general, and made many new friends from all ages and backgrounds.” And for just $77 annually, members certainly get a lot of bang for their buck. “We hold social drives on weekends to places of interest that finish at restaurants for breakfast or lunch, a great way to enjoy owning and driving a BMW. The club also holds technical meetings at BMW Service Centres

(with) performance tuners and other specialists. “We are involved in car shows and displays; for example, the Como Rotary South Perth Car Show, which in 2015 raised $16,000 for charity. The club also participates in the annual German Car Day, non-competitive driver training at Barbagallo Raceway. navigation trials, and Show and Shine Days.” And it’s with the Show and Shine Days that members really get to show off the love for their cars and engage in a friendly battle of “oneupmanship”. “This year’s Show and Shine was held in Manners Hill Park, Peppermint Grove, where there was a lot of friendly competition for prizes donated by BMW Group Australia for the best turned-out cars. There was a great range of models on display, from the stylish and rare CSL BMWs of the early 70s to the latest, state-of-the-art M4.” John is also at pains to point out the club is not “just guys talking about their cars”, with a number of female members equally enthusiastic and proud about being a BMW owner. “The club enjoys a valued relationship with Auto Classic BMW, which supports the club by inviting members to special events, including new model launches and technical information opportunities, as well as offering club members reductions in BMW service costs and the purchase of genuine BMW parts; discounts may also apply in the BMW Lifestyle Shop,” says John. With those 680 clubs throughout the world, when travelling BMW Club WA members always have a chance to connect with their fellow BMW enthusiasts. “I visited the BMW Club Houston, Texas, for the second time, and was a highlight for me in my personal BMW journey,” says John. MQ For more information, visit bmwclub.asn.au

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SONIC BOOM In the first of an MQ series on the best in audio, Norman Burns looks at the classic analogue combination of turntable, amplifier and speakers - a set-up that, thanks to the resurgence of interest in vinyl records, is drawing more and more music fans back to the future. Images CRIB CREATIVE

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n days of yore, when flared jeans, tie-dyed shirts, Robert Plant-esque hairstyles (past the shoulder) and vinyl records ruled the world, a mate and I would go on a weekly pilgrimage. We’d take a few favourite albums and head on into the city; our mission was to “test out” the latest, greatest and loudest stereo equipment. For two teens with barely the bus fare between them, the chances of actually buying one of those glorious stereo set-ups was less than nil. We knew it and the passionate hi-fi salesmen knew it too. But they also were proud to show off their top-of-the-range gear, and if it meant cranking Led Zeppelin III to 11 on the dial for a couple of scruffy

teens, so be it. Decades passed, hairstyles grew shorter, Zeppelin tracks became the staple for ‘classic radio’ only and most, but not all, of the hi-fi shops vanished into the sunset. The era of digital music seemed an unstoppable force, first the compact disc, then (briefly) digital audio tape, then (ever briefer) the mini-disc and, finally, compressed, digitised formats had vinyl records on the brink of extinction. Those classic hi-fi combos (turntable, amp, speakers) that could be found in every stereo shop virtually disappeared. I say virtually, because the flame of high-end hi-fi was kept burning by audiophiles the world over who still appreciated the finer points of hand-crafted and technically perfect equipment and the ‘warmer’ sound of an analogue vinyl records. Which brings us to July 2017 where not only are records back in the mainstream but that classic loungeroom combo of turntable/ amplifier/speakers is attracting a whole new generation. Like all things, you get what you MARQUE WINTER 2017 ●

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WARM VIBE: Douglas Hi Fi store manager Dan Cross (above) says a great, matched hi fi system offers the music lover an immersive and emotional listening experience. Opposite, Dave Prowse, of Frank Prowse Hi Fi, with a top-of-the-range set-up which includes the spectacular, handmade, Paradigm speakers (from $34,999 a pair).

pay for. A budget set-up may evoke the magic of playing a record but the listener is unlikely to hear the full audio magic and emotion hidden in those tracks, something only the very best gear will reveal, says Douglas Hi Fi’s store manager Dan Cross. Like cross-town rival Frank Prowse Hi Fi, Douglas Hi Fi brings decades of experience and expertise to the (turn)table when it comes to advising customers on choosing the right equipment for the right environment. “People can get a catalogue and pick a five-star amp and match it with five-star speakers and a five-star turntable and think they’ve got the best set-up, but it doesn’t work like that,” says Dan. There’s so much choice available it pays to speak to an expert such as Dan or Dave Prowse (who followed his dad Frank into the family business). “Top quality speakers, for example, have a range beyond human hearing but it’s this range that provides the colour in music and adds to the emotion of listening,” says Dan. It’s this lack of ‘emotion’ that’s obvious when you compare the sound of heavily compressed digitised music with its analogue equivalent. Dan says consumers should follow a few basics before deciding on the system that’s right for them. “Firstly, listen. Bring a favourite record, listen to

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MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK Just what’s out there at the absolute high end of hi-fi? Dave Prowse and Dan Cross selected two stunning packages that deliver optimum sound and style - for a price.

Dave’s pick

TURNTABLE/CARTRIDGE Luxman PD-17A Belt Drive Turntable ($8499) with Ortofon Cadenza Black Low Output Moving Coil Cartridge ($3,599).

PRE-AMPLIFIER/AMPLIFIER Japanese hand-finished Luxman C-700U Pre Amplifier $9,999, M700u Power Amplifier $10,999.

SPEAKERS. These striking Canadian-made speakers from Paradigm are new to the Australian market. Paradigm Persona 9H (white speaker), $49,999 a pair. This speaker incorporates what Paradigm calls Anthem Room Correction, a system to automatically ‘tune’ the bass performance to the room in which the speakers are placed. Paradigm Persona 7F (black speaker) $34,999 a pair. “As a guide, a system of this quality would usually have a cable and interconnect package valued at around $5,000, and a power line conditioning and power cable package of around $8,000,” says Dave.

Dan’s pick

Dan’s choice showcases the truly international flavour of the audiophile world.

TURNTABLE/CARTRIDGE the tracks you know, the base, the vocals. Next, make sure the speakers are suited to the size of the room where you’ll be listening; third, a top quality cartridge (which holds the needle) will deliver a lot more ‘information’ from a record’s grooves; fourth, you need to choose the right kind of speakers for the type of music you like; if it’s heavy metal you’re into, you might want units that can handle big bass; if jazz or classical, something more delicate.” Dave Prowse agrees that choosing the right components to match the listening environment is vital (“50 per cent of the listening experience is down to the room itself,” he says) - as is the cabling, something many

customers overlook. “Premium cabling will provide a phenomenal difference to sound; these cables have gold-plated connections and can cost around $100-$200 a piece but make a world of difference compared to the ‘cables that come with the box’,” he says. Checking out the Frank Prowse Hi Fi and Douglas Adams Hi Fi stores brought back a lot of memories but there was one thing left to do - get Dave and Dan to show me a couple of top-of-the-line set-ups. Now, if only I’d brought a Zeppelin album to crank them up to 11… MQ For more information, visit douglashificom.au, (08) 9322 3466 and frankprowsehifi.com.au, (08) 6263 0674 MARQUE WINTER 2017

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British-made Rega RP8 ($5,299) blends a futuristic design with cutting edge materials and technology. This is paired with an Apheta 2 Cartridge. “This was voted one of the best turntable designs of all time,” says Dan,

AMPLIFIER USA-made Audio Research GSi75 Integrated Amplifier ($25,995). “This is a ‘one-box solution’ with 75w valve amplifier, DAC (digital audio converter), phono stage and headphone amp; a nononsense approach to build and finish,” says Dan. Minnesota-based Audio Research founder William Johnson is regarded as one of the fathers of modern high-end audio.

SPEAKERS Sonus Faber Olympica III (from $16,495). These handcrafted speakers are as much a work of art as technically brilliant audio equipment. “They offer a lifelike portrayal of music,” says Dan. Sonus Faber was founded in Veneto, Italy, in 1983.

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WA TRIO CHASE GOLF GLORY Three Perth BMW owners who earlier this year brought driving skills of a different kind to the fore are in the running for the golf experience of a lifetime. By NORMAN BURNS

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eonard Math, Stevie Teo and Jane Crane won their sections in the Western Australian division of the BMW Golf Cup International, the world’s biggest international tournament for amateur golfers. There’s one main proviso, of course - all entrants (and the tournament attracts around 100,000 participants each year across 50 countries) have to be a BMW owner. Taking part is not only a thrill from the golfing perspective (the strictly amateur participants are treated to a professional-standard tournament) but there’s also the chance to share the camaraderie of being a BMW owner.

Leonard Teo, Stevie Math and Jane Chance not only won the accolades of their fellow competitors at Mandurah’s beautiful Meadow Springs Golf and Country Club in April but also, on behalf of BMW Group Australia, trips to New Zealand next January to compete in the tournament’s Australian final at the stunning Millbrook Resort course in Queenstown. And success at Millbrook will lead to the ultimate challenge; a place in the BMW Golf Cup International world final in South Africa in March 2018. For Stevie, winning the B Grade division at Meadow Springs was MARQUE WINTER 2017 ●

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doubly lucky. “I’ve been invited for a few years but each time I was away in Singapore,” says Stevie, an 18-handicapper and member of Melville Glades Golf Club. “But this time I was here - and I won,” he says. “I was lucky that day a few shots hit the bush and bounced back on the fairway.” The chance to compete in New Zealand (none of the three winners have been there) has fired up Stevie, who drives a BMW 535i. “I’m trying to get a lot of practice in; two to three rounds a week,” he says. Men’s A Grade winner Leonard,


a member at Gosnells, says he wasn’t hitting the ball “too well” at the Meadow Springs event but was still managing to score well. With a current handicap of 1 (“at one stage I was plus two,” he says) Leonard’s golf is more than ‘handy’. Leonard says his love of the BMW marque stems from his father and (at the time of writing) he was about to swap his Coupe 3 Series diesel for a shiny new X4. Ladies winner Jane plays off a 14 handicap at Royal Perth and says she is thrilled at having the chance to compete in New Zealand. She admits to getting in a “sneaky” practice round with her son the week before the Meadow Springs event. “We went down and made some ‘notes’ on what clubs to hit - of course, it really was quality time with my son Ben,’’ she says. Jane’s being playing golf for around 10 years but she and her

husband’s association with BMW goes back even further. “When my husband was a student he rode a motorbike from Britain to Israel and that’s where our love affair with BMW started and we’ve always had a BMW since. It’s all about the

drive, the reliability and the safety,” she says. Jane and her husband plan to take an extended holiday while in Queenstown - no doubt one with plenty of golf thrown in. MQ Magazine and AutoClassic wish Leonard, Stevie and Jane the best of luck. MQ

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Dan Sultan is a multitalented and very busy man. With a run of intimate shows around the country, the ARIA Award-winning artist seems to always be on the road, with a new set of dates lined up for winter to launch his latest album, Killer. By TOM DE SOUZA.

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an Sultan road-tested new songs from his forthcoming album in a solo format and in one of his most intimate settings to date earlier in the year, and now that the new album’s title - Killer - has been announced, fans of his work will be able to hear the finished article in July, and catch him live in August and September. I caught up with the artist recently and found out more about what makes this hard-working musician tick. TdS Dan, you’ve just finished recording your fourth studio album. When did you first begin working on it? DS I started writing a year or half or so ago. I didn’t really have a deadline

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or anything so I really got to spend a lot of time working some stuff out, and I wrote a lot of music. It all sort of came about pretty organically. I got to work with some people I’ve worked with before, with production and all that, and I just spent a lot of time hanging out with some mates and making music. TdS The album is called Killer. What does the title mean to you and how did you come up with it? DS There’s a song on the record called Killer. I was sort of thinking about a name for it and it’s always been a cool way to go about it, to make a title track. Killer; it’s a pretty cool word, it sounds cool. It’s a bit tough and it’s a pretty bold word, so I thought ‘why not’. Jerry Lee Lewis’ nickname is Killer too, so it’s a bit of a tip of the hat to one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greats. TdS Has the album developed as it’s progressed, or did you have a concrete idea in your mind about the album you wanted to create right from the beginning? DS Umm, no I didn’t have much of any idea actually. I

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let it sort of present itself and let it become what it wanted to become. The songs always find their own way; the song sort of makes itself. I wrote a lot of different kinds of music; I wrote 50 or 60 songs and had to whittle it down to 11, which can be a bit tough. You can put so much into it but you’ve got to be willing to let it go as well. You’ve got to be a bit of a mercenary in that regard. TdS When you’re making music, what sort of factors influence how the music sounds? Where were you when you were writing, and recording it? DS You know, it’s not something I’ve really thought about too much, but yeah absolutely. That particular day or time, and whether things are happening or not happening, it’s all a coincidence. You just have to sort of let it happen I guess. I wrote it over a long period of time and recorded in Melbourne, and each song takes shape depending on what’s going on. TdS Has creating the album been very different from the last three you’ve created? Does the album feel different to you? DS Yeah, it does. I’ve used a lot of different instrumentation on it. There’s a little bit of uncertainty as you go about it, but I don’t mind that. I’ve been travelling around a bit as I’ve been writing it, and to me the creative process makes a lot more sense if I’m going to places I haven’t been before. TdS You’re a fierce advocate for Indigenous rights. Does this album draw on that? DS I suppose some of my music does, but I think more in those terms outside of the songs themselves. There’s quite a few love songs on there, a couple of songs that are more intimate than others. But nah, I don’t necessarily set out to write a song just for that, or write an album just for that. I might in the future. I have very strong opinions about what is right and wrong, but I don’t feel I’ve written an album just for that. I think being a young,

successful Aboriginal person in such a politically institutionalised country is a big statement in itself. TdS Are there any Indigenous musicians who’ve really inspired you? DS Yeah, absolutely. I’ve been inspired by a lot of musicians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous; American, European, Australian, all sorts. It’s not something that can be categorised. TdS How about outside of music? Who do you look up to? DS That’s a good question. I’ve got a really great support network around me with family and friends. There’s a few people I consider my best friends. I’m really lucky to have those people in my life. I’ve got a very good support network around me. It’s great to have people by your side. TdS Have any of them had an influence on the way this album sounds? DS It’s not something I’ve thought about too much but the music I make is a product of the environment I’m in; what I’m writing depends on where I’m at and what I’m doing. So yeah, absolutely I guess, I’d have to say they have. It’s not something I’ve considered in the process, but subconsciously, I’d have to say they’ve had some kind of influence. TdS Is music the ultimate way to send a message to people? DS It’s a very good way, absolutely. It’s a very good form of communication and expression, but at the same time it’s very solitary, there’s a lot of songs you write without anyone ever hearing them. That can be very cathartic. Music is one of those things that’s everything at once. It can be out there for everyone, or just for yourself. TdS You visited your mother’s country out in the Tanami Desert when you were very young. Do you remember it at all? DS I went up there last year too. I travelled around a lot and saw a lot of different places up there, and I plan on going back too. TdS A lot of work still needs to be done

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up there to help the kids and the old people. Do you envision yourself working up there? Perhaps using music as a tool to help people to a brighter future? DS Yeah, I have done in the past, and I plan to in the future. I’ve done a few workshops up there, a few shows, and I think just being there and seeing it for myself has really helped. There is a lot of work that needs to be done up there, but I think we gotta listen to what those people have to say. At the end of the day, they’re the ones that live up there and go about their day-to-day lives in the communities. I do feel connected to that country; I feel it and I know it and I love it, but I’m not going to sit here in Melbourne and say what needs happens to them. I’ll do what I can do in my capacity. If I can go up there and show people the beauty of music, then I feel very fortunate. TdS How did you find acting in the film Bran Nue Dae? Is acting something you’ve considered doing more of? DS Not really, I don’t consider myself an actor. If something came up I’d have to consider it. All the cards lined up with Bran Nue Dae and everything just fell into place. Ernie Dingo, Geoffrey Rush, those guys are actors. I don’t consider myself an actor.

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TdS What’s next? What can we expect from you after this? DS Well, at the moment, I’ve just finished an album.

It’s been a long process and I’m not thinking too much further ahead. There’s a lot of shows to play and a lot of places to visit, and that’s going to be me for the next little while. Beyond that, we’ll have to wait and see. MQ KILLER premieres on July 28, and, beginning in late August through to September, Dan Sultan will be touring the album in all capital cities and key regional centres around Australia. Visit dansultan.com for more information.

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FASHION

ACE YOUR BASE Seeking the perfect foundation? Well search no further, a new Perth business has you covered. By BEVERLY LIGMAN. Images by CRIB CREATIVE.

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’m pretty sure we’ve all been this girl; you go into a department store thinking you’ll find yourself the perfect foundation, you know the one, it has just the right amount of coverage, so you look put together, but not over done. So you talk to a consultant at a make-up counter, she matches your colours and you think you’ve solved that age old problem. Then you get home . . . Turns out the lights in the department store are fluorescent and the make-up is about three times darker than what you’d normally wear. Disaster, you never wear the make-up and you’ve wasted your hard earned money. Sigh. Enter Perth’s Lip Lab. The people who bought you customised lipstick in your perfect shade have now turned MARQUE WINTER 2017 ●

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their talented hands to foundation. And it’s a total game changer. It’s called BYO as in Blend Your Own and the whole process takes about 45 minutes, so if you're city based, you can literally do it in your lunch hour. My mixologist Megan Hoeneveld was a dab hand at finding my perfect shade. She asked me what foundation I normally wore, what kind of coverage I liked, whether sunscreen was important, if there was any pigmentation I needed to cover and what kind of finish I was after. For me, we went for an oil-free medium coverage foundation in ivory and added a mattifier, SPF and some ultra lightning fluid. There’s even a ‘fringe benefit’ you can add which is just like primer except you can basically skip that step because it’s already in your make-up. Genius. “There’s so many benefits to having a customised foundation made just for you,” Megan says.

“Often you find the right colour, but it’s not the right coverage and then you find the right coverage but it’s too oily, this process allows you to find the perfect foundation fit and because we can mix shades together we can literally find a match for every skin tone. “It’s great for all ages too, if you want a lighter coverage so it doesn’t seep into wrinkles we can help you find it.” Megan (whose own makeup is flawless by the way) says she recommends applying your foundation with a brush and working

THE WHOLE PROCESS TAKES ABOUT 45 MINUTES SO YOU CAN LITERALLY DO IT IN YOUR LUNCH HOUR

MIX N' MATCH The hunt for the perfect foundation is over - The Lip Lab allows you to mix your own. Left, Bev's flawless base.

in sections, starting in the centre and then working your way out. BYO has also been a big hit with Perth brides-to-be, even though it only launched in April. “Brides and bridesmaids are really aware of the fact that they want to look amazing in their photographs and we can help them find the perfect shade so they don’t look washed out,” Megan said. “We’ve also had lots of hen’s parties come in, they find their perfect foundation and lipstick and everyone’s happy.” Once you’ve found your perfect MARQUE WINTER 2017

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foundation colour, The Lip Lab Perth girls apply the foundation to you in-store, checking how it settles on to your skin and if you’re happy with the result. They even go as far as taking you into natural light to check that it’s the right shade. This really is bespoke customer service at its very best. And if you’ve got time, they’ll do the rest of your face for you so you walk out of the store feeling like a million dollars. The whole experience is a real treat and, for $75, we think it’s money very well spent. MQ To make your appointment for BYO Foundation at Lip Lab Perth contact puckerup@theliplabperth.com.au or phone 0415 664 546. Find The Lip Lab at Shop 5, 777 Hay Street, Perth. Visit theliplabperth.com.au

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ENTREPRENEURS

FOREARMED is FOREWARNED Starting a business can be fraught with unforeseen dangers. Alan Manly, author of The Unlikely Entrepreneur, shares six things he wished he’d known before taking the plunge.

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t’s said that “you don’t know what you don’t know.” Most people are happy to accept that proposition because while ignorance is not always bliss, it doesn’t pose an immediate danger, as most people tend to avoid risk. Setting up a start-up is a rush into the high end of the risk zone where even minor things going wrong can have a significant impact on your potential success. More humbling is the situation when the bleeding obvious was among your ‘don’t knows’. My experience as a start-up entrepreneur often involved a business partnership with a like-minded person. The true like-mindedness was not MARQUE WINTER 2017

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always based on the actual start-up but the lack of capital. This is often the true motivator of such arrangements. It took me several iterations before I realised that it was easier to talk a person into partnering in my ideas than to get them to move on when the relationship wasn’t working. Real partnerships have exit contracts. Marriage for instance is a contract that also comes with legislated exit clause being the divorce laws. Everyone encourages you to go forward but no one wants to cover your back. Suppliers are justifiably cautious about start-ups. The 80%t fail concept is always on people’s minds. Landlords may want up to one year’s rent in advance. Trade suppliers will happily give you an account but sadly marked "cash only". Banks are always keen to lend money but are risk adverse. It is always wise to have two banks accounts. One for your house

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mortgage and one for your business. Best to keep bad business news away from skittish home mortgages lenders. Here’s a list of some of my past “didn’t knows”: WHAT I DIDN'T KNOW: Entrepreneurs aren’t driven by money. It is true that every fellow entrepreneur you meet, and perhaps befriend, tells you this. However, when you do business with fellow entrepreneurs the very first thing you learn about them is they are among the most hard nosed who insist on being paid immediately! WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW: To avoid entrepreneurial suppliers. Look for big, slow well-established suppliers who operate 30-day accounts. Strangers make the best customers. While most start-ups have a customer or two ready to go it can often be these friendly customers who will feel licensed to be so demanding that not only do they become low-profit they absorb more time than is paid thus costing you income and the opportunity cost by denying you time to recruit new clients. WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW: Friendly customers often result in lower margins so it pays to stay very close to your customers. A customer is never married to you or your business. Business is a series of independent experiences that requires each experience to be satisfying. WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW: You can be committed to your customers but they must always

be treated as new customers. Customers old and new are always free agents. Remember a dollar in the hand is worth two tomorrow. The cost of recruiting a client can easily move the relationship from a business arrangement to one of a servant, fearful of not getting the investment expended in the recruitment of the customer returned should the customer move on. Once this concern is known to the customer they are often tempted to seek reward for their patronage by delaying payments to you. This high-cost customer is now a debtor using your company's cash reserves to fund their business. WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW: That it’s best to recruit customers that are not “too big” for your start up. Make sure you look after you and yours. The start-up will consume all your energies both psychical and emotional. Planning often consists of surviving from day to day. But start-ups either grow up or die. Your responsibilities to yourself and your family will go on. WHAT I DIDN’T KNOW: That even successful start-ups can leave you near broke.

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As surely as every person has a story, every survivor of a start-up has a story and a list of what “I didn’t know”. I hope the list above will assist in reducing the number of “don’t knows” and support you to be bold enough to launch a start-up. Remember, you are no less smart that the other guy who may just think they know everything. MQ

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BMW MOTORRAD

RACE READY One of Australia’s most unique motorcycling events is coming to WA for the first time in October. By GREG SMITH.

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t’s said “never the twain shall meet”. However, that doesn’t apply to a new Western Australian motorcycling event, in which road and off-road bikes will share the scenery. The BMW Safari is a four-day touring experience that will take in some of the state’s most spectacular scenery. With up to 140 riders, the Safari, which is held only in Australia, will travel some of the south west’s most scenic road and off-road routes. Grant Evans, who has organised

BMW Safaris over east for the past two years, said he was continually approached by riders wanting to come to WA and local riders wanting to participate. Given the event’s history, which dates back to 1994, the demand for the WA leg has been building for some time, says Grant. “Earlier this year I attended a scoping visit to WA,” he said. “We rode some amazing routes and we met with the BMW riders club. Almost three-quarters of the MARQUE WINTER 2017 ●

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members said they wanted to take part.” “I’ve already had several eastern states riders who have booked their airfares and bike freight.” Usually the Safari is held over five days. The WA version will be four days, from Perth to Albany, via Busselton, and places in between, from 8 to 13 October. It culminates with a function at the Albany Entertainment Centre. “Each rider is free to follow this route at their own pace and stop as they please throughout the day,” Grant said. “The only exception is for the GS riders, where we will have alternative


hard routes for those who want to challenge themselves a little more. “For those, we will have a lead and tail rider to guide riders. Help will be at hand to ensure everyone gets through safely as a group.” What makes the WA Safari different is that it is two Safaris in one. There’s the GS (Gelande Sport, for off-roaders) and the TS (Touring Sport, for road riders and pillions). “We have also decided to make it four days, instead of the usual five, and we will overnight in Busselton and Albany for two nights each, instead of single-night stopovers. “This means we can run separate out-and-back rides on the days after we arrive in those two towns, allowing riders to keep their gear in one place." Finishing in Albany also means that riders can then decide whether to keep going at their own pace through to places like Margaret River or Esperance, or just head back to Perth, says Grant. The entry fees vary from between $1,350 to $2,550, depending on the level of accommodation you require. But you get a lot of bang for your buck. The price includes the entry fee, ride support, accommodation, and two dinners – at Burswood at the start, then in Albany at the finish. “We also needed to ensure there was definite accommodation, so we pretty much have booked out Busselton and Albany,” Grant said. “Also, starting at the Crown at Burswood means we have a great venue for the dinner the night before, it’s only a kilometre from BMW dealer Auto Classic, and the resort has provided us with a secure area to park the bikes." Nothing is being left to chance. The route is pre-ridden, with route maps and GPS trackers provided to riders. A lead rider leaves early in the morning to mark the route with arrows and also checks road conditions for major hazards. Riders also have back-up support

mechanics, tyre technicians, medical staff and a following vehicle with a trailer to carry bikes that need to be picked up (not that BMWs break down that often). A truck takes luggage to each overnight stop. “The off-road riders do not need panniers: in fact we advise them not to have them,” says Grant.

“They don’t need them because of the luggage support. This allows them greater flexibility in their riding. So, say if they are trying to get up a steep incline, they won’t be weighed down.” While you need to own a BMW, the limited number of spots (140) ensures the Safari will be a close-knit and memorable experience, providing an opportunity to meet like-minded people and create life-long memories. MQ Details can be found at bmwsafari.com

TIME TO RIDE The BMW Safari is a four-day touring experience, taking in some of the state's most beautiful scenery from Perth to Albany.

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LAST WORD

SEVEN DEADLY SINS E

amon Sullivan won Australia’s first ever Celebrity Masterchef in 2009, making him perhaps a unique addition to the foodie lexicon - an ex-champion sprint swimmer-turned restaurateur. After opening Louis Baxters in 2011, he went on to open Bib & Tucker in 2013. More dining ventures have followed with the super-popular May Street Larder opening in 2015, Eamon now splits his time between all three ventures, and his hands-on approach results in consistently fresh, high quality food and the best service across all three locations. Recently, he has also taken on the role of WA distributor for Cocowhip - a delicious and healthy vegan soft serve, now delighting the palettes of restaurant patrons in over 15 locations in WA.

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Gluttony – What is the food you could eat over and over again?
 Hot chips with chicken salt. I love anything crispy and salty and I can never turn down a good packet of chips or hot chips. I certainly have more of a savoury tooth than sweet. Greed – You’re given $1m that you have to spend selfishly – what would you spend it on?
 If I was being selfish, I would buy a holiday house overseas. Somewhere down the south of France or in Spain would be nice. The way of living in those areas are amazing, would be a good place to retire. Sloth – Where would you spend a long time doing nothing?
 Netflix and chill. Having such a busy lifestyle, I love nothing more than laying on the couch doing absolutely nothing and watching mindless TV. Wrath – Which news story makes you white with rage?
 Celebrity gossip news. Personally I don’t understand why what the Kardashians wear to a event opening is front page news. Especially when there is so much more important news that should be brought to light by the power of the media, rather than gossip. Envy – Who’s shoes would you like to walk in?
 Richard Branson – he has had such an interesting life and such a great story. I would be so interested to hear how to made the transitions he did and what he has learnt in life. Oh, and the lifestyle would be good too! Pride – What is the one thing you’re secretly proud of?
 I don’t think I am secretly proud of anything. If I am proud of something I like to support it! Although I guess I am quietly proud of the countries in the world that have accepted equality. Hopefully Australia won’t be too far behind and we will all be proud to support equality. Lust – What makes your heart beat faster?
 My upcoming fatherhood. I can’t wait to meet the little guy (we’re having a boy), and the challenges and excitement that will come with it. I have heard mixed reports about the first few weeks, but I can’t wait! MARQUE WINTER 2017

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